North Line, Chennai Suburban

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North Line, Chennai Suburban
Type Suburban railway
System Chennai Suburban Railway
Status Operational
Locale Chennai (Madras), India
Termini Chennai Central Moore Market Complex (MMC)
Bitragunta (Andhra Pradesh)
Stations 30
Operator(s) Southern Railway (India)
Line length 210 kilometres (130 mi)
(82 km Suburban and 128 km MEMU)
Track gauge Broad Gauge
Operating speed 90 km/h (maximum service speed)

The North Line of the Chennai Suburban Railway is the third-longest suburban rail line in the system, running north from Chennai Central MMC to Bitragunta in Andhra Pradesh. Suburban services terminate at Sullurpeta and MEMU services operate to Bitragunta. As of 2013, more than 100,000 people use trains on the 46-km line between Chennai Central and Gummidipoondi every day, up from less than 80,000 in 2010.[1]

North Line, Chennai Suburban
Chennai Central MMC — Bitragunta
Park Town(Interchange with MRTS)
Chennai Park(Interchange with Suburban)
Chennai Central(Interchange with Metro line 1)
Chennai Central(Interchange with Metro line 2)
0 Chennai Central MMC
2 Basin Bridge
5 Tondiarpet
V.O.C Nagar
9 Tiruvottiyur
Wimco Nagar
15 Kattivakkam
16 Ennore
Athipattu Pudunagar
22 Athipattu
23 Nandiambakkam
26 Minjur
35 Ponneri
47 Gummidipundi
63 Arambakkam
70 Tada
82 Sullurpeta
110 Nayudupeta
Odur, Andhra Pradesh
137 Gudur
176 Nellore
210 Bitragunta


The North line near Washermanpet, Chennai

Chennai Central (Madras Central) MMC - Gummidipoondi[edit]

  • Suburban trains; runs on two main lines.
  • 3rd and 4th line is under construction for around 10 years.
  • 3rd line is operated only between Ennore to korukkupet.

Problems in the north line[edit]

Commuters on the Chennai Central-Gummidipoondi suburban line are concerned about irregular train services, poor maintenance and lack of amenities such as drinking water, public convenience and security in the stations.[citation needed] Commuters feel as step-motherly treatment compared to the services and amenities provided on the Chennai Central-Arakkonam and the Chennai Beach-Tambaram sections.

Trains are scheduled to transit between Gummidipoondi and Chennai Central in 80 minutes, but trains regularly take 120 minutes over the 46 kilometres (29 mi). It is common for trains to wait for clearance at signals between Ennore-Chennai Central.[2] All the trains are always late by 20 to 30 min.

Gummidipoondi - Sulurpeta (AP)[edit]

  • Suburban trains; runs on two main lines.

Sulurpeta(AP) - Bitragunta (AP)[edit]

  • MEMU trains run between Chennai Central MMC and Nellore to be extended to Bitragunta.
  • Passenger trains run between Chennai Central MMC and Bitragunta via Nellore.


  1. ^ Ayyappan, V. (7 May 2013). "Trains late, people backtrack". The Times of India. Chennai: The Times Group. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Suburban railway stations need more facilities". The Hindu. 7 March 2011.