RM1mil study to es­tab­lish new rail link in Sabah

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

KOTA KINABALU: A com­pre­hen­sive study is be­ing car­ried out on es­tab­lish­ing a rail­way link con­nect­ing Sabah’s west coast with north­ern Ku­dat and east­ern San­dakan.

Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitin­gan said the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment al­lo­cated RM1mil for the study which could bring about the ex­pan­sion of the cur­rent 137km Sabah State Rail­way line.

“We are tar­get­ing to do it but this will de­pend on the study,” he said when launch­ing new Diesel Mul­ti­ple Unit (DMU) rail­cars at the Tan­jung Aru Sta­tion here.

Sabah’s colo­nial rail­way line now links Kota Kinabalu, south-western Beaufort and the in­te­rior Tenom dis­trict.

It is the only pas­sen­ger rail­way line in Bor­neo.

Pairin said the aim was to pro­vide al­ter­na­tive trans­port fa­cil­i­ties for the peo­ple to travel be­tween the var­i­ous ar­eas.

“We are com­mit­ted to ex­pand­ing our rail­way lines to San­dakan and Ku­dat,” he said, adding that the study would also look at suit­able types of trains.

We are com­mit­ted to ex­pand­ing our rail­way lines to San­dakan and Ku­dat. Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitin­gan

The study would also look at up­grad­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems to en­sure safer rail jour­neys.

Pairin said the three DMU trains, cost­ing RM7.62mil, were from In­dia and could ac­com­mo­date 192 pas­sen­gers.

These would ser­vice the Tan­jung AruBeau­fort-Tenom route.

About 495,000 pas­sen­gers trav­elled on the rail­way last year.

The rail ser­vice was also im­prov­ing with the num­ber of can­cel­la­tions due to weather or tech­ni­cal prob­lems re­duced from 762 in 2015 to 134 last year.

— Ber­nama

Bet­ter ser­vice: Sabah State Rail­way staff pos­ing with a new rail­car dur­ing the launch by Pairin in Kota Kinabalu.

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