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Old November 10th, 2008, 12:28 PM   #321
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The new Tanjung Malim railway station will become the new terminus of the KTM Komuter network.

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The modernized tracks and stations looks excellent. I hope the Singapore stretch will also be upgraded.
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The modernized tracks and stations looks excellent. I hope the Singapore stretch will also be upgraded.
I wonder if the causeway is wide enough to support double tracks and not to mention, if the Singapore authorities can bear with the addition of the overhead line equipment or not....
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The modernized tracks and stations looks excellent. I hope the Singapore stretch will also be upgraded.
I agree... We need it too
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Transport Ministry Considering More Than One Operator For Rail Services
December 14, 2008 00:27 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) -- The Transport Ministry is looking at the possibility of an additional operator providing rail services besides Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB), which has been told to beef up its services fast.

Its minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said this was something which had been considered for some time and towards this end, a special task force had been set up led by KTMB's and the ministry's adviser to embark on a revamp of KTMB services.

"Despite the fuel price hike, the shift to rail as an alternative mode of transport has not been progressing so well. When I took over the ministry, there were problems with rolling stocks and we also had to conduct a comprehensive audit on railway tracks for Peninsular Malaysia," he said in a statement Saturday night.

Ong said the ministry had conducted a field trip to Italy with some top officials from KTMB three days ago to learn first-hand another country's experience in running its rail services.

"We visited an Italian government-owned company which operates rail services in Rome. I also took a high-speed train on Thursday (Dec 11) from Rome to Florence to get a feel of the service and the 330km journey took just over an hour," he recalled.

He said the idea which the ministry had been toying with for some time now was the segregation of ownership of assets and rail-related services.

"In Malaysia, we have started on this track by creating the Railway Asset Corporation to improve on the utilisation of railway assets.

"However, the segregation of functions may not have been implemented optimally and right now KTMB still owns the rolling stocks, manages the stations and operates the rail services and this is not the case in other countries, like Italy.

"In Italy, different parties operate the rail services, own the tracks and run the stations. Train stations there are turned into commercial hubs, with activities like shopping and fine-dining taking place," he added.

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ELECTRIFIED DOUBLE TRACK BETWEEN RAWANG AND IPOH (179 km)
KTMB PROJECT

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KTMB to cash in on tourism industry
by Jonathan Chen, 16 Jan 2008 11:24 AM
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A model of the Ipoh Railway Station. The double-tracking project between
Ipoh and Padang Besar will commence construction soon and is scheduled
for completion in five years. Picture courtesy of Veritas Architects

- TheStar

PENANG: Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) wants to cash in on the tourism industry with its newly reinstated Ekspres Rakyat passenger train services, currently servicing the Butterworth-Singapore rail route.

KTMB Northern Region (Butterworth) manager Ahmad Shamudin Md Rashid said it wanted to tap into the demand for passenger transportation services, especially from Singapore tourists wanting to visit towns in Malaysia.

“We are confident that our Ekspres Rakyat services will receive good response, more so with the government’s decision to extend Visit Malaysia Year 2007 to Aug 31 this year,” he told reporters after relaunching the service at the Butterworth train station yesterday.

He said rail travel also provided opportunities to tourists to view many interesting sights in the country, adding that trains plying the 774km Butterworth-Singapore route would have to pass by 20 stops. including Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur.

The Ekspres Rakyat service, which has been in operation since the 1980s, was halted in June 2001 due to construction of the RM2.6 billion Rawang-Ipoh double-tracking rail project.

Ekspres Rakyat provides up to three Butterworth-Singapore services daily on 10-coach trains with a maximum capacity of about 400 people per trip.

Ahmad said it was not uncommon for train seats to be sold out when the service was still in operation in 2001 and was confident that there would be a steady passenger increase in the near future. “The demand for rail travel is still here as people are always on the lookout for alternative means of transportation.”

Butterworth-Singapore train fares cost RM127 for adult (first class) and RM60 for children, while second-class fares are priced at RM68 and RM34 respectively.

In 2003, KTMB outlined a 17-year business growth plan comprising three levels — a recovery stage from 2003 to 2006, a consolidation stage from 2007 to 2010, and the growth period from 2011 to 2020.
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BERNAMA KUALA LUMPUR, New Strait Times THURS 17 April 2008

The KL-Ipoh commuter train service, slated to start this year, will be operational only in early 2010, Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat said today.

Since the approval to buy new trains was only given recently, it would take at least another two years for the trains to arrive, he said.

“We have ordered the new trains,” he told reporters after his visit to the KTM Berhad head office at KL Sentral.

The journey between Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh, which will take two hours and 15 minutes, will start from KL Sentral with stops in Rawang, Tanjong Malim, Tapah, Kampar and Batu Gajah before reaching Ipoh.

The service will be available only after completion of the ongoing RM4.3 billion Rawang-Ipoh double-track project which started in 2001.

However, the project was bogged down by delays since 2003 following changes involving an earlier consortium tasked with implementing the project.

To date, 98 per cent of the project has been completed and contractors are now in the final phase of testing the electricity cables.

KTMB is expected to spend about RM150 million to buy six new electric trains, with each train having six coaches, in order to have a service interval for every two hours.

Currently, the commuter service has been extended from Rawang to Rasa station from Kuala Lumpur
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Old December 14th, 2008, 08:11 PM   #328
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ELECTRIFIED DOUBLE TRACK BETWEEN IPOH AND PADANG BESAR
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KTMB PROJECT

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RM12bil double-track project 8% done
Wednesday June 25, 2008, By Zulkifly Mohamad, TheStar

BUTTERWORTH: The RM12.485bil electrified double track project from Ipoh to Padang Besar which commenced in January is now 8% complete.

An MMC-Gamuda JV Project spokesman said to date, 160km of the total 329km stretch of the project had been opened for works.

He said presently, the joint-venture partners for the project were actively involved in six major works.

“They include utility works such as relocating gas pipelines, water pipes and electricity cables. Works are also in progress to install fibre-optics for telecommunications facilities along the double tracks and stations,” he said.

He said works to build two double-barrel tunnels in Bukit Berapit with a distance of 3.3km and 330m for the other tunnel in Larut had begun.

“Various soil treatment methods are being carried out at all opened locations while earth and drainage works are also in full swing at such locations.

“The earthworks include ground levelling, cut and fill, land removal and preparation of access roads,” he added.

MMC-Gamuda JV Project has been given 60 months to deliver the project on Jan 7, 2013. They received the Letter of Award from the Government on Dec 13, last year, and took possession of the site on Jan 8.

The spokesman said work to build land viaduct at Bukit Mertajam in Penang and marine viaduct at Bukit Merah in Perak was progressing as scheduled.

The double-tracking main line would cover a distance of 171km from Ipoh to Butterworth while the Kedah line, from Bukit Mertajam to Padang Besar in Perlis, would stretch 158km.

It is touted as the single largest and one of the most expensive construction projects in the country and would create more than 100,000 jobs for the people in Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis.

Two million pieces of pre-cast concrete sleepers, 1.5mil tonnes of cement and 400,000 tonnes of steel are required to build the entire railway line.

Gamuda group managing director Datuk Lin Yun Ling was quoted as saying that the agreement with the government was one lump sum over the five-year span.

“We are hedging on the prices of building materials, so even if prices are volatile, we will not gain or lose,” he said.

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Perak to have South-East Asia’s longest rail tunnel
Thursday January 24, 2008 By HAH FOONG LIAN TheStar

IPOH: South East Asia's longest rail tunnel will be built in Perak as part of the RM12.5bil double tracking project from here to Padang Besar.

Announcing plans for its construction in northern Perak, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said the 3.3km-long Berapit Tunnel would be part of 329km-long double tracking project from here to Padang Besar.

"I would like to thank the Perak government for its full commitment in ensuring the smooth construction of the double tracking project," he said here Thursday after attending a briefing on the project with Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali.

Chan said cooperation from the state government was crucial in ensuring that the project would be built without any hitches.

He pointed out that the Perak government was asked to help resolve problems of squatters and land acquisition so that construction of the project would not be delayed.

"We need the state to help with the relocation of squatter families, surau (Muslim shrines), Hindu and Chinese temples," he said.

He added that the state government would need to help acquire 322ha of land in Perak which was in the way of the project.

The double tracking project from here to Padang Besar is made up of 171km from here to Butterworth and another 158km from Bukit Mertajam to Padang Besar, he said.

Perak, covering tracks measuring 133km long, would make up one of the longest stretch in the entire project, he added.

Chan said the Ipoh-Butterworth stretch would be given priority because it was a continuation of the completed stretch from Rawang to here.
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When complete the Electrified Double Track project from Ipoh to Padang Besar will reduce the travel time from Penang to Kuala Lumpur from 9-hours to 3-hours.
Electrified Double Track Alignment
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Old December 16th, 2008, 05:37 AM   #329
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The government, he disclosed, had also allocated RM200 million to purchase 10 sets of new EMU, which are expected to be received in stages in 2010 to meet the needs of commuter passengers in the Klang Valley, who have reached 100,000 daily.

Also, the government has approved the purchase of five Electric Train Sets (ETS) to meet the need for a high speed train service between Kuala Lumpur Sentral-Ipoh-Kuala Lumpur Sentral, which is expected to be received in 2010.

Ong also said that the government had approved the implementation of several infrastructure projects to improve and modernise the rail transport service.

This includes the double-tracking project between Ipoh-Padang Besar which is expected to be completed in 2013, the double tracking electrification projects from Seremban-Gemas as well from Sentul-Batu Caves due for completion in 2010 and next year respectively.

Ong said that the implementation of the projects will enable the number of commuter and inter-city services to be increased.

Apart from this, the Ministry had also approved short term rehabilitation work to railway stations throughout the rail network, he added.
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Source : http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...6&sec=business

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Land acquisition problems may hold up completion by one year

SHAH ALAM: Gamuda Bhd expects the completion of its electrified double tracking project (EDTP) to be delayed by one year due to a delay in land acquisition.

MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd, a joint venture between Gamuda and MMC Corp Bhd, was awarded the RM12.5bil railway contract linking Ipoh to Padang Besar by the Government in December last year.

Gamuda group managing director Datuk Lin Yun Ling said the completion of the EDTP would probably be delayed by at least a year from the initial plan of five years due to the delay in acquiring land in Penang.

“There are substantial delays in Penang, partly because of the huge number of squatters between the railway and the rights of reserve,” he said after the company’s AGM yesterday.

He said the land acquisition exercises in Perlis, Kedah and Perak were going well, adding that the company had begun construction works for the EDTP in January this year.

“The progress is satisfactory; the only concern is the land acquisition in Penang,” he said.

Lin said the land should have been handed by the Government within nine months of the start of the contract, as stated in the agreement.

“Our latest view is that it will take at least another year for the land to be handed over,” he said, adding that the company would need a longer time to complete the project if there was further delay in land acquisition.

On the new date for completion, he said the company would discuss with the Government after getting a clearer picture on when the land issue would be settled.

He said the Government, following an evaluation, informed Gamuda via a letter two months ago that it would not downsize.

Lin said the Government had also decided that part of the project funding would be on a deferred payment basis.

“It means that the Government will have parties like the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Bank Pembangunan financing the project on the back of the Government’s undertaking to pay them later,” he said.


On the fluctuations in construction material costs, he said it was hard to predict the price escalation for a six-year project.

“Our input cost will moderate given the weak demand outlook in commodities like copper, steel and ore,” he said.
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Source : http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/N...cle/index_html

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KTMB losing grip on monopoly, competitor in pipeline
By : David Yeow

KUALA LUMPUR: Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB), long regarded as an institution in the transport industry, may soon have a competitor.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat announced yesterday that his ministry was considering introducing a second railway operator.

Ong said KTMB, which has been operating the nation's railway service since 1948, had been providing poor service.

He was speaking after launching the Road Safety Marshall Club's wheelchair loan scheme for road accident victims.

"We are studying the feasibility of having a second railway service operator. This is not a foregone conclusion, but we are concerned about the management of the nation's railway infrastructure and assets by KTMB."
He added that the study's findings would be made known by the first quarter of next year. "If not a second operator, then perhaps a structural overhaul and rebranding of KTMB would be in order."

Referring to the Komuter service, he said the number of its trains would be increased from 29 to 36 by March, thus, reducing waiting time to 15 minutes for every train.

In May, he had visited the KTM Sentul depot, where he discovered that only five of the 20 new locomotives from China were in working condition.

Now, he said, there were 18 in working condition, and all 20 should be ready for inter-state service this month.

Ong said a task force would find out who were responsible for buying the 20 locomotives.

He also announced that Indian Railways would conduct an independent audit of the railway system from next month to June.

"Everything from the condition of our tracks to how we have been managing our assets and infrastructure will be scrutinised," said Ong, who wants to raise the standard of rail services to that of Europe and Japan.
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More airport rail links are being planned, with possible construction of new low cost carrier terminal...

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To be called "KLIA [email protected] Labu", the new terminal is slightly closer to central Kuala Lumpur than the present LCCT and will boast connectivity by both road and rail.

A 7km branch road will link it with the North-South Expressway and a 3km spur line will be built from the railway station in Labu -- a stop on the KL-Seremban KTM Komuter route.

Welcoming the project's approval, Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hassan said the KLIA would be connected to the new terminal by a 7km Express Rail Link (ERL).


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Source : http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v5....php?id=378926

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Guan Eng Advises Gamuda To Be Cautious On Statements

PENANG, Dec 17 (Bernama) -- Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng on Wednesday advised Gamuda Bhd to "think carefully" before making any statement concerning the state government.

He gave the advice when expressing dissatisfaction over Gamuda's statement yesterday that the completion of its electrified double-tracking project (EDTP) would be delayed by one year due to delay in land acquisition in Penang.

"Don't play around with the Penang state government," Lim told reporters after the opening of the Pacific departmental store at the Tun Abdul Razak Complex (Komtar) here. He, however, declined to elaborate.

Yesterday, Gamuda group managing director Datuk Lin Yun Ling said the completion of the EDTP would probably be delayed by at least a year from the initial plan of five years due to the delay in acquiring land in Penang.

MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd, a joint venture between Gamuda and MMC Corp Bhd, was awarded the RM12.5-billion contract for the rail link between Ipoh and Padang Besar by the federal government in December last year.

The railway track runs through Perak, Kedah, Penang and Perlis. Lin had said that the land acquisition exercises in Perlis, Kedah and Perak were going well.

-- BERNAMA
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Stop-work order issued on double-rail project

PENANG: The Penang state government on Wednesday said it has issued a stop-work order effective Friday to MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd following the company’s failure to submit a layout plan for the 63km of track in Penang of its Ipoh-Padang Besar electrified railway double track project.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said that if the company failed to abide by the Dec 26 stop-work order, action could be taken against it under the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974. The penalty under the act was a maximum fine of RM50,000 or a five-year jail term or both, and for subsequent offences the fine could be RM500 per day, he said.

He was speaking at a news conference after Penang Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas presented the Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN) award, which carries the title Datuk, to Sadayuki Sakakibara, president of Toray Industri Inc, at Seri Mutiara here.

Lim said the stop-work order on construction of the double tracks in Penang was the second issued in two months.

“A relaxation was given to Gamuda in view of the double track project being a national project but after the floods in October, the company has yet to submit the track layout plan,” he said.

The state government had issued a stop-work order to MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture on Oct 22 following floods in Jawi said to have been caused by the implementation of the 330km Ipoh-Padang Besar electrified double track project. -- Bernama
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MMC-Gamuda JV Submits Finalised Drawings For Ipoh-Padang Besar Double Track

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 26 (Bernama) -- The finalised development order drawings for the Ipoh-Padang Besar electrified railway double track project was submitted to the Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Prai, Friday.

MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd, in a statement said the development order process in Penang covering a distance of 63 kilometre and three districts had been on-going over the recent months with the feedback from Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Prai and subsequent amendment of drawings.

The company said the governments of the states of Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis through which the tracks run, have been helpful with the progress of the project and that they were briefed on the status and issues arising from the project.

"Work had begun, while the development order with the authorities were in process," the statement said, adding that briefings have been conducted at the Chief Minister's level right through to local authority offices.

The company said except for the development order, other approvals such as the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental Management Plan and Engineering Drawings of Road Over Bridge, pedestrian and motorcycle bridges, river bridges and many more have been approved or in the process of being approved by the relevant authorities.

On the issue on compensation for squatters in Penang, the company said that they have been in discussion with the state and federal governments and understand that the decision will be made soon.

The Penang state government on Wednesday said it has issued a stop-work order effective Friday to MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture following the company's failure to submit a layout plan for the 63km of track in Penang of its Ipoh-Padang Besar electrified railway double track project.

The double track will pass through Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis and is expected to benefit the public across the four states in terms of economic contribution in the future.

-- BERNAMA
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MMC-Gamuda submits development order
Published: 2008/12/27

MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd said the development order application for the electrified double-track project's Penang portion was submitted to Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Prai yesterday.

In a statement, the company said with the state government approval, work has proceeded while waiting for the development order to be approved, in order to ensure timely progress covering the distance of 63km alignment in Penang.
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ECER railway system
Malaysia's national petroleum company Petronas owns a railway line which links its oil refinery complex and the nearby town of Kerteh, Terengganu, with the petrochemical complex in Gebeng, Kuantan and Kuantan Port near Kuantan, Pahang. The line is mainly used to transport petroleum products, but has recently been opened up for general freight transport, with operation being conducted by KTM. There have been proposals to extend the line to connect with the KTM line at Mentakab, and even suggestions to go as far as Kuala Terengganu and Tumpat



An efficient railway system is deemed as an economical mass mover and a necessity for any developing country to achieve develop status.

In the ECER, several proposed initiatives are :
Feasibility study
To conduct a feasibility study for upgrading of the ECER railway system, focusing on :

Phase 1 – To connect railway line from Mentakab – Kuantan – Kuala Terengganu – Tanah Merah/Pasir Mas

Phase 2 – To connect railway line from Tanah Merah/Pasir Mas – Butterworth and Kuala Lumpur – Mentakab

Train Station upgrades

To upgrade the facilities at various train station in Tumpat, Tanah Merah, Kuala Krai, Gua Musang, Merapoh, Kuala Lipis & Jerantut.
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Global Rail to invest RM30m in staff training
By Sharen Kaur
Published: 2008/12/29

RAILWAY engineering firm, Global Rail Sdn Bhd, aims to invest an initial RM30 million to train skilled personnel for the country's railway sector.

It intends to work with the government to train specialist engineers at the soon-to-open RM120 million railway training centre in Batu Gajah, Perak, its managing director Fan Boon Heng said.

The centre, to start operations next month, was built for national railway firm KTM Bhd, and features a school, hostel and railway quarters.

The centre forms part of the RM380 million Batu Gajah workshop and Electrical Multiple Units Depot project that is being built by Road Builder (M) Sdn Bhd and Fajar Baru Capital Bhd.

The idea is to have a dedicated centre to undertake major maintenance and overhaul of KTM's rolling stock, and to manufacture locally-assembled wagons and coaches, which are now mostly imported from Europe..

"There is a lack of local expertise in the railway sector. We are working out a conceptual proposal to submit to the government by next March. We also hope to work with KTMB to upgrade the centre into a Railway Institute," Fan told Business Times. Part of the RM30 million investment is to invest on the required facilities, equipment and machinery for railway construction works, he added.

It will collaborate with foreign firms like Siemens, Invensys Rail, Bombardier Transportation and others, on the transfer of technology to develop capabilities to lead the railway system works.

Global Rail plans to partner China Infraglobe Consortium, a global infrastructure development and logistics specialist, to invest on railway infrastructure, linking the economic corridors in Peninsular Malaysia.

"The initial plan is to link down south from Gemas to Johor Baru and within Iskandar Malaysia. It will involve huge investments but the idea is to come in on Private Finance Initiative," Fan said.

Global Rail, set up in July last year, was founded by Fan, who previously headed ABB Daimler-Benz Transportation and later Balfour Beatty Rail Sdn Bhd for over 15 years.

It has in hand RM25 million worth of jobs from Road Builder for electrification for the Batu Gajah project, and from YTL Corp Bhd, to supply automatic train protection system and railway point machines for its Sentul-Batu Caves railway project.
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Electrified Double Track Between Sentul-Batu Caves

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Construction of one of the stations along the Sentul-Batu Caves line....taken near to Jalan Ipoh...

An artist's impression of the new Batu Caves KTM Komuter station which will be constructed under the Sentul-Batu Caves double tracking and electrification project.

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ELECTRIFIED DOUBLE TRACK BETWEEN RAWANG AND IPOH (179 km)
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A model of the Ipoh Railway Station. The double-tracking project between
Ipoh and Padang Besar will commence construction soon and is scheduled
for completion in five years. Picture courtesy of Veritas Architects

- TheStar

PENANG: Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) wants to cash in on the tourism industry with its newly reinstated Ekspres Rakyat passenger train services, currently servicing the Butterworth-Singapore rail route.

KTMB Northern Region (Butterworth) manager Ahmad Shamudin Md Rashid said it wanted to tap into the demand for passenger transportation services, especially from Singapore tourists wanting to visit towns in Malaysia.

“We are confident that our Ekspres Rakyat services will receive good response, more so with the government’s decision to extend Visit Malaysia Year 2007 to Aug 31 this year,” he told reporters after relaunching the service at the Butterworth train station yesterday.

He said rail travel also provided opportunities to tourists to view many interesting sights in the country, adding that trains plying the 774km Butterworth-Singapore route would have to pass by 20 stops. including Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur.

The Ekspres Rakyat service, which has been in operation since the 1980s, was halted in June 2001 due to construction of the RM2.6 billion Rawang-Ipoh double-tracking rail project.

Ekspres Rakyat provides up to three Butterworth-Singapore services daily on 10-coach trains with a maximum capacity of about 400 people per trip.

Ahmad said it was not uncommon for train seats to be sold out when the service was still in operation in 2001 and was confident that there would be a steady passenger increase in the near future. “The demand for rail travel is still here as people are always on the lookout for alternative means of transportation.”

Butterworth-Singapore train fares cost RM127 for adult (first class) and RM60 for children, while second-class fares are priced at RM68 and RM34 respectively.

In 2003, KTMB outlined a 17-year business growth plan comprising three levels — a recovery stage from 2003 to 2006, a consolidation stage from 2007 to 2010, and the growth period from 2011 to 2020.
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ONG: KL-Ipoh commuter train service will only start in 2010
BERNAMA KUALA LUMPUR, New Strait Times THURS 17 April 2008

The KL-Ipoh commuter train service, slated to start this year, will be operational only in early 2010, Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat said today.

Since the approval to buy new trains was only given recently, it would take at least another two years for the trains to arrive, he said.

“We have ordered the new trains,” he told reporters after his visit to the KTM Berhad head office at KL Sentral.

The journey between Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh, which will take two hours and 15 minutes, will start from KL Sentral with stops in Rawang, Tanjong Malim, Tapah, Kampar and Batu Gajah before reaching Ipoh.

The service will be available only after completion of the ongoing RM4.3 billion Rawang-Ipoh double-track project which started in 2001.

However, the project was bogged down by delays since 2003 following changes involving an earlier consortium tasked with implementing the project.

To date, 98 per cent of the project has been completed and contractors are now in the final phase of testing the electricity cables.

KTMB is expected to spend about RM150 million to buy six new electric trains, with each train having six coaches, in order to have a service interval for every two hours.

Currently, the commuter service has been extended from Rawang to Rasa station from Kuala Lumpur
Coming soon 2010!
New Shuttle Train for Rawang-Ipoh (From Rotem:5 sets 6 cars)
credit : kelvin khew.

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