RM1.4b to boost KTM commuter service
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.