Delhi Metro Red Line Commuters Face Frequency Issues Despite 8-Coach Trains

The Red Line corridor, which is among the busiest routes of the Delhi Metro, is reeling under the low frequency of metro trips.

Delhi Metro Red Line Commuters Face Frequency Issues Despite 8-Coach Trains

Now onwards Blue and Yellow lines of the Delhi Metro will be the same trains on the oldest corridor as of Red Line (Rithala-New Bus Adda Ghaziabad), operating with eight coaches.

Previously due to an increase in the number of travelers, it was not sufficient for the trains on this route to have only six coaches. The problem was rectified by placing two more coaches in each of the trains. Still, the frequency of trains is a big problem on this route. The Red Line corridor, which is among the busiest routes of the Delhi Metro, is reeling under the low frequency of metro trips.  
 

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In 2018, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) placed an order of over 120 coaches for the Blue, Red and Yellow lines. All these coaches reached Delhi in 2021. The coaches were first placed in the trains on the Blue and Yellow lines. After that, the work of converting the 34.55-kilometer-long Red Line metro into eight-coach trains began in November 2022.     

Around, 30 trains currently operate on the Red Line of the Delhi Metro and over 14 trains of this corridor were converted into eight coaches till June last year. After this two coaches each were added to 23 additional metro trains in this corridor in the last nine months.

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37 metro trains in this corridor have been converted into eight coaches till now and a total of 74 new coaches have been added to these 37 trains. A metro coach has seats for about 50 passengers. However, a metro coach can carry a load of about 350 passengers. Therefore, with the addition of two additional coaches, 600-700 more passengers can travel in a metro on the Red Line.

The time gap on weekends between two trains during peak hours is 3 min 21 sec on Dilshad Garden to Rithala. However, this exceeds 4 minutes during off-peak hours. This time gap further exceeds, up to 5 minutes, on weekends, according to DMRC.

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