Alert us on de­lays, Prasarana told

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THE Land Pub­lic Trans­port Com­mis­sion (SPAD) has urged Prasarana to take im­me­di­ate mea­sures to im­prove the safety and re­li­a­bil­ity of its cur­rent fleet of four-car trains.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, SPAD said Prasarana should adopt a more strin­gent main­te­nance and in­spec­tion regime, as well as set higher ser­vice and safety stan­dards.

“This will en­able the op­er­a­tor to iden­tify prob­lems early, be­fore they re­sult in ser­vice dis­rup­tions and de­lays to com­muters,” it said.

SPAD said this in re­sponse to the re­cent an­nounce­ment by Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd that it has grounded sev­eral four-car trains fol­low­ing the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of safety is­sues.

"The com­mis­sion also urged Scomi, the train man­u­fac­turer, to fast-track the de­liv­ery of the re­main­ing seven sets of new four-car trains.

“This is to en­able Prasarana to run trains more fre­quently and im­prove the ca­pac­ity of the KL Mono­rail fleet to sup­port higher pas­sen­ger vol­ume at any one time, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing peak hours,” it said.

SPAD said for greater over­sight and to en­sure timely and ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tions were taken, Prasarana was re­quired to sub­mit to SPAD reg­u­lar up­dates of faults de­tected in the KL Mono­rail net­work through their rou­tine main­te­nance.

On May 12, Prasarana’s sub­sidiary Rapid Rail grounded the four-car trains in the in­ter­est of pas­sen­ger safety.

“The com­mis­sion will closely mon­i­tor cur­rent re­me­dial ac­tions be­ing un­der­taken by Rapid Rail to en­sure that com­muters con­tinue to re­ceive re­li­able ser­vices.

Mean­while, Rapid Rail Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Datuk Zo­hari Su­laiman said shut­tle buses were pro­vided for three tem­po­rary routes.

“First route is be­tween KL Sen­tral and Raja Chu­lan sta­tions; sec­ond route is Hang Tuah and Raja Chu­lan sta­tions and the third route is be­tween Chow Kit to Raja Chu­lan Mono­rail sta­tion.

“A nom­i­nal fee of RM1 is charged, ex­cept at Hang Tuah in­te­gra­tion sta­tion for pas­sen­gers us­ing the Am­pang/Sri Pe­tal­ing Light Rail Tran­sit route,” he said.

“A nom­i­nal fare of RM1 would be charged, ex­cept at the Hang Tuah in­te­grated sta­tion for cus­tomers trav­el­ling from the Sri Pe­tal­ing/ Am­pang Lines whose fare would be waived.

Com­muters could also opt for the Go KL free bus ser­vices, par­tic­u­larly the Go KL Blue Line, be­tween Chow Kit and Bukit Bin­tang, and the Go KL Green Line be­tween KLCC and Bukit Nanas.

“We have iden­ti­fied sev­eral safety-re­lated con­cerns on the four-car trains and have de­manded Scomi, the train man­u­fac­turer, to carry out all safe­ty­crit­i­cal im­prove­ment works and re-cer­tify the rail-wor­thi­ness of the four-car trains.

In the mean­time, Zo­hari said more man­power, in­clud­ing aux­il­iary po­lice and sta­tion op­er­a­tions staff, would be de­ployed at the mono­rail sta­tions for bet­ter crowd con­trol and to as­sist cus­tomers.

Reg­u­lar cus­tomers can also fol­low or di­rectly mes­sage us on Face­book (@myrapid) and Twit­ter (@AskRapidKL or @MyRapidKL) for up­dates on the ser­vice sta­tus.

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