"Alwaye" is one of the important railway stations in Kerala and also the second busiest station in the Indian state of Kerala in terms of number of trains after Thrissur Railway Station. It is an NSG 3 grade station under Thiruvananthapuram railway division. It lies in the Shoranur-Cochin Harbour section of Thiruvananthapuram railway division.
Aluva is an important halting stop for all passenger trains passing through the region except Rajadhani Express and a few super fast trains. This is a convenient station to alight for passengers traveling to Kalamassery, North Paravur, Idukki District, Kodungallur, Perumbavoor, Kakkanad, Kizhakkambalam, Kothamangalam and Muvattupuzha. It also serves passengers to and from Cochin International Airport. Aluva station boasts of being the busiest railway station in Ernakulam District surpassing the North and South railway stations in the heart of the Ernakulam city. This is because irrespective of Kottayam/Alappuzha route, almost all south-bound trains stop here, while it is not the case with Ernakulam Town railway station(for Kottayam-bound trains) and Ernakulam Junction(for trains towards Alappuzha) stations.
Aluva railway station has 3 platforms to handle long distance and passenger trains and 1 platform to handle cargo. There is one entrance presently a secondary entrance is being planned.
Aluva railway station is a high revenue earning station for Thiruvananthapuram rail division. In the financial year 2011-12 it earned 320749989 rupees, the highest after Thiruvananthapuram Central, Ernakulam Junction, Thrissur, Ernakulam Town, Kollam Junction and Kottayam, which are stations located at any of the District Headquarters in the state.
, Modernization of existing rail terminal, Opening of new entrance at the western side, Increasing parking facility for cars in existing terminal and in demanding new entrance at the western side, Modification of Platform 4, Extension of Ernakulam - Thiruvananthapuram express to Aluva, Extension of Ernakulam bound passenger trains(from Kollam, Kayamkulam, Kottayam and Alappuzha) to Aluva, Extension of Kozhikode -Thrissur passenger train to aluva, Escalators at platforms, LED displays at the terminal, Transfer of goods yard to Chowara, Opening of passenger amenities centre, Stoppage for Kochuveli - Amritsar Express, Stoppage for Thiruvananthapuram Central - Nizamudin Express, Stoppage for Kochuveli - Porbandhar Express, Stoppage for Kochuveli - Dehradun Express, Stoppage for Ernakulam - Pune Express, Stoppage for Thiruvananthapuram Central - Chennai Superfast, Stoppage for Thiruvananthapuram Central - Chennai Express, Stoppage for Kochuveli - Hubli Express, Stoppage for Kannur Jan Shatabdi Express(the stoppages for Amritsar, Dehradun, Nizamuddin and Porbandar expresses would decrease the efficiency of these services as they are the fastest trains through Kerala)