Trains will be in operation within provinces from today.
Commuters in the Western Province in possession of a season ticket only, will be allowed to travel under the first phase.
50 trains will operate along the Main Railway line, 64 along the Coastal belt, six along the Northern Railway line, 18 trains along the Puttalam Railway line and eight trains along the Kelani Valley line.
Train tickets will not be issued while the season ticket will be the only recognised form to board trains during this phase. Accordingly, tickets will not be issued to commuters at railway stations until further notice.
State Minister of Transport Dilum Amunugama said railway security guards will be deployed to identify commuters who board trains without season tickets.
He said they have also sought the support of the Police to ensure only individuals with season tickets travel in trains.
The State Minister added from the 31st of October or the 1st of November trains will operate according to the usual schedule while commuters will not be able to travel while standing.
Amunugama said health units have requested that this regulation be closely monitored adding that trains will be allowed to operate across provinces on the promise that commuters will not be allowed to travel standing.
He claimed that many difficulties have arisen especially for private bus operators during the past two years and urged them to remain patient during the next few days while consent will be granted to operate as usual from the 1st.
Meanwhile, the National Transport Commission says one inter-provincial bus will be deployed from several select areas to Narahenpita and Battaramulla during office hours.
Accordingly, regular buses will be deployed from Galle, Kandy, Kurunegala, Ratnapura and Chilaw.