RM1.4b to boost KTM com­muter service

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

SEREM­BAN: Some RM1.4 bil­lion has been al­lo­cated to in­crease the fre­quency of Kere­tapi Tanah Me­layu Bhd (KTMB) com­muter service dur­ing peak hours.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the up­grad­ing of the rail­way sys­tem would take some time and that he hoped it could be com­pleted by 2020.

“KTMB is im­ple­ment­ing the Klang Val­ley Dou­ble Track (KVDT) project to up­grade the sig­nal link in the Klang Val­ley.

“They will ex­tend it to Serem­ban as the sig­nal link can in­crease the fre­quency level,” he told re­porters after open­ing the Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan MCA an­nual gen­eral meet­ing here yes­ter­day.

Liow said the min­istry was work­ing with the state gov­ern­ment to im­prove the level of service of pub­lic trans­port.

On an­other mat­ter, Liow said a team had been set up to in­ves­ti­gate the de­rail­ment of a KTMB cargo train at Kam­pung Bakap, Batu Ga­jah in Perak on Fri­day.

The de­rail­ment caused thousands of pas­sen­gers of the Elec­tric Train Service (ETS) to be stranded at Ipoh rail­way sta­tion.

The ETS service re­sumed op­er­a­tions yes­ter­day.

KTMB cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Siti Badariah Wan Hanafi said sev­eral tech­ni­cal glitches pre­vented op­er­a­tions from re­sum­ing ear­lier.

“How­ever, with the co­op­er­a­tion and un­re­lent­ing hard work of KTMB staff, one line was opened at 3pm,” she said in a state­ment.

She added that the train service was ex­pected to be de­layed in ex­cess of 30 min­utes be­cause only one track would be open.

Work to re­move the de­railed coaches had been com­pleted and the tracks were now be­ing re­paired, she said. – Ber­nama

Work in progress on the dam­aged rail tracks near Batu Ga­jah.

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