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Old January 19th, 2009, 05:01 AM   #341
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wow!!! I just love the new trains...
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Old January 21st, 2009, 03:03 PM   #342
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 04:12 PM   #343
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wow!!! I just love the new trains...
The train should arrive next year, it will operate between Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh..........top speed, 140 km/h in service...
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 07:23 PM   #344
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non-standard gauge?
It seems only around 1000mm~~
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 08:30 PM   #345
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non-standard gauge?
It seems only around 1000mm~~
Yes, it runs on metre gauge (1000mm), the new track section from Rawang to Ipoh (179 km) was designed for 160 km/h operation...

Currently, some sections on the main line on Malaysian railways (KTM)...........are undergoing double tracking and electrification project....the Ipoh-Padang Besar (near Thai border) about 329 km and Seremban-Gemas (about 100 km)....

It will be double tracked, electrified to 25kV AC 50 Hz system............gauge remains at 1000 mm....

Standard gauge tracks in Malaysia, were introduced in 1990's....

- ERL (Express Rail Link) that connects KLIA with KL Sentral, about 57 km
- Rapid KL Ampang/ Sri Petaling Line, about 27 km
- Rapid KL Kelana Jaya Line, about 29 km
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Construction of one station along the Sentul-Batu Caves electrified double tracking project...





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Old January 26th, 2009, 03:37 PM   #347
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ELECTRIFIED DOUBLE TRACK BETWEEN IPOH AND PADANG BESAR
(329 km)

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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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.


PROGRESS WORK
Perlis



December 2008
Padang Besar - Arau
ACCESS ROAD PREPARATION TO TEMPORARY CONTAINER YARD



PREPARATION OF TEMPORARY ACCESS ROAD AT MATA AYER



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December 2008
Arau - Alor Setar
STONE COLUMN INSTALLATION



EXCAVATION OF UNSUITABLE MATERIAL



Alor Setar - Sungai Petani
EXCAVATION OF UNSUITABLE MATERIAL
ALOR SETAR PROJECT SITE OFFICE BUILDING
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Pulau Pinang



December 2008
Sungai Petani - Bukit Mertajam
INSTALLATION OF FORMWORK FOR PESLAB



SHEET PILING



Bukit Mertajam - Parit Buntar
INSTALLATION OF SAND GABIONS



SPUN PILING ACTIVITIES IN PROGRESS



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Perak



December 2008
Parit Buntar - Padang Rengas
LAND VIADUCT’S PLANK LAUNCHING IN PROGRESS



ERECTING FORMWORK FOR DRAINAGE IN PROGRESS



MINING STARTS FROM LARUT SOUTH PORTAL



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CUTTING WORKS IN PROGRESS



MICROPILE INSTALLATION IN PROGRESS



REBAR INSTALLATION FOR CROSS HEAD IN PROGRESS

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Old January 28th, 2009, 04:46 PM   #349
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KTMB: Privatisation not the only way to profit
By Kang Siew LiPublished: 2009/01/28

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd, Malaysia's national railway company, does not need to be privatised to become profitable or to progress, says managing director Abd Radzak Abd Malek.

"A privatised institution is not necessarily better than a state-owned one. Take Queensland Rail (QR) for example. It continues to be profitable," he told Business Times in an interview.

QR, which was corporatised in 1995, is a government-owned operator of passenger and freight railway services in Queensland, Australia.

"As such, I don't agree with the comment that the only way we can progress is to privatise," said Abd Radzak.

"For me, as long as it (KTMB) serves the needs of people in the country, has a responsibility to society and is an effective public transport system, it can either be a corporatised government-owned corporation or privatised. These are purely methods," he added.

Former KTMB managing director Datuk Mohd Salleh Abdullah had in an April 2007 interview said that the privatisation of KTMB can succeed and make the railway profitable if the government liberalises the Malaysian rail industry, especially on tariffs and unprofitable routes.

Similar to the port and airport industries, KTMB has to seek approval from the government before it can make changes to its tariffs. This process can take years.

Meanwhile, Abd Radzak said he welcomes the entry of a second railway operator in the local market, even if this means breaking the long-term monopoly enjoyed by KTMB. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat had announced last December that his ministry was considering introducing a second railway operator.

"In the long run, when you have the infrastructure (double-tracking rail project) ready, you cannot stop another private operator from entering the market.

"For instance, if there are entrepreneurs who would like to operate freight or passenger train services, they can ride on our network. In return, we would collect toll fees from them. This idea is workable especially when the double-tracking project is completed," he said.

The double track between Rawang and Ipoh is now fully completed, while the Ipoh-Padang Besar and the Seremban-Gemas sectors will be completed in 2012.

The double-tracking is crucial to KTMB as it will increase the track capacity by eight to 10 times.

Currently, the capacity of a single-track railway line is between 25 trains and 28 trains per day per sector, while the central region sector (Seremban-Rawang and Sentul-Port Klang) and the sector between Rawang and Ipoh, both of which are double-tracked and electrified, have an average of 307 trains running daily.

"Upon completion of the double-tracking project, we would have a lot of capacity to accommodate more trains. And we, at KTMB, have our limitations too (in terms of equipment and resources).

"As such, we are open to the idea of liberalising the track access for usage of a third party operator, who will be paying us a fee to access our tracks.

"They would have their own wagons and locomotives, and would have to secure their own freight volume and passenger ridership," he said.

Still, this proposal needs government approval.

Abd Radzak said he currently chairs a task force, of which the special adviser to the Transport Minister is also a member, to look into this matter.

"This proposal remains in the preliminary stages. We are also looking at several other models around the world as part of the restructuring of KTMB," he added.

To a question, Abd Radzak said construction of the new track between KTMB's existing Labu train station and the new low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in Labu, Negri Sembilan, will be funded by the "private sector" but stopped short of saying whether it was AirAsia Bhd or Sime Darby Bhd.

Both AirAsia group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes and Abdul Radzak had earlier confirmed having discussions on the rail link project.

"AirAsia can leverage on our low-cost transportation, while we can tap into AirAsia's passenger traffic that will pass through the new LCCT," said Abd Radzak.

The completion of the new LCCT will also coincide with the delivery of KTMB's five electric train sets (ETS) scheduled to arrive in 2010.

"Low-cost travellers can then take our shuttle train service from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur and travel onwards to Labu," he added.

Plans are also afoot to extend the Ipoh-Kuala Lumpur line to Singapore upon completion of the double-tracking project, subject to government approval, thus attracting more travellers to fly through the new LCCT.

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Batu Cave traders agree on compensation
Friday January 30, 2009

EIGHT traders who were operating their business on a land that Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) acquired for its KTM Komuter Sentul-Batu Caves extension have agreed on the amount for compensation.

According to Batu Caves assemblyman Amiruddin Shari, who accompanied the traders to finalise the details at the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) recently, the traders do not have a place to conduct business until the extension project is completed.

According to a KTMB spokesman the extension project is expected to be completed by May barring any unavoidable circumstances.

“Meanwhile, the council will make sure that the shops are built for the traders but of course it would take about six months,” the spokesman said, adding that KTMB had also given notice to the traders to vacate their shops by Feb 28.

According to Amiruddin the extension is expected to ease traffic congestion especially during the Thaipusam festival in 2010.

“We don’t want to announce the amount of the compensation because it is a very sensitive subject but suffice to say the traders are happy with it,” Shari said.

“Since the traders have been doing business here for more than 40 years and will not be able to do business for almost a year, it’s only right that they are compensated,” Amiruddin said.
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EDT between Ipoh - Padang Besar (329 Km)
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MICROPILE INSTALLATION IN PROGRESS AT PADANG RENGGAS PORTAL
Parit Buntar - Padang Rengas

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ELECTRIFIED DOUBLE TRACK BETWEEN IPOH AND PADANG BESAR
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Source : http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?f...0647&sec=nation

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Ipoh-Padang Besar electrified double rail track finished by 2014
By SYLVIA LOOI

TAIPING: The Electrified Double Track Project (EDTP) from Ipoh to Padang Besar will be completed by 2014.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said work on the project was now 20% completed.

“The project is another effort by the ministry to add value to our railway system,” he told reporters after officiating the detonation of the 300m Larut Tunnel at Air Kuning near here on Wednesday.

Ong added that the project would create more jobs for the people and in the long run, upgrade the country’s railway system.

Asked if the project was on schedule, Ong said it was progressing well although the project faced problems such as vacating squatters from the construction site.

Ong also said the first service using the Electric Train Set (ETS) would begin in November.

“Travelling time from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur and vice-versa will take two hours 15 minutes including the stopovers,” he added.


Earlier in his speech, Ong said the project would create an additional 6,000 jobs on top of the current 7,000 people being employed under the project.

“More than RM10bil downstream work will also be created,” he said.

The EDTP is a RM12.5bil infrastructure project that involves the construction of two new electrified railway tracks across Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis.

Construction of the project began in early 2008.
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Double track ready by 2014
Thursday March 12, 2009



Site launch: Ong (right) being briefed by Gamuda Berhad managing director
Datuk Lin Yun Ling (second right) at the Larut Tunnel in Taiping Wednesday.


TAIPING: The Electrified Double Track Project from Ipoh to Padang Besar will be completed by 2014.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said the project was now 20% completed.

“The project is an effort made by the ministry to add value to our railway system,” he said.

Ong told reporters this after lunching the detonation of the 300m Larut Tunnel at Air Kuning near here yesterday. He said the project would create more job opportunities for the people.

Asked if the project was on schedule, Ong said it was progressing well although the project faced a few problems such as relocation of squatters from the construction site.

Ong also said the first service using the electric train was set to begin in November.

“Travelling time from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur and vice versa will take two hours 15 minutes including the stopovers,” he added.

Earlier in his speech, Ong said the project would create an additional 6,000 jobs, in addition to the current 7,000 people being employed under the project.

“More than RM10bil downstream work will also be created,” he said.

The RM12.5bil infrastructure project involves the construction of two new electrified railway tracks across Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis.

Construction of the project began in early last year.
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Double-track project on time, within budget, says Gamuda-MMC
By Fong Min Hun
Thursday, 12 March 2009 12:53

PETALING JAYA: Developers of the northern double-tracking project from Ipoh to Padang Besar said on March 12 that the project was on schedule as it would "work around" any anticipated obstacles.

Gamuda-MMC Sdn Bhd director Datuk Azmi Mat Nor told reporters at a media briefing here that the project has not been delayed despite warnings several months ago from Gamuda's CEO Datuk Lin Yun Ling that land acquisition problems might stall the project.

"As with any big project, there will be problems," Azmi said, noting they will work around the problem. "Whatever we can do, we will do. The track is long - 329 kilometres - so we will work around whatever problem."

He added the project was now 21.4% completed, costing about RM2.8 billion, which is within the developer's forecasts. Raw material costs so far has amounted to RM3 billion.

Azmi said what was more important was how the project contributed to the economic welfare of residents in the northern states especially during this time of crisis.

Gamuda-MMC has awarded 400 contracts so far worth about RM10 billion, and was expected to award another 100 contracts worth RM2 billion.

Using Bank Negara Malaysia's guided multiplier factor of 1.7 times, Azmi said the spinoffs from the 400 contracts awarded so far could be equivalent to RM15 billion.

The RM12.485 billion projected cost of the two electrified railway tracks across Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis is expected to be completed on Jan 7, 2013. There have been no changes to the plan.
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Rail project to spur RM15b in downstream activities
Published: 2009/03/12

THE Electrified Double Track Project from Ipoh to Padang Besar is expected to generate RM15 billion worth of downstream economic activities over five years, MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd director Datuk Azmi Mat Nor said today.

Azmi said the project has provided big and immediate multiplier effects to the country despite the difficult financial conditions.

He said that the 329-kilometre project spanning four states - Penang, Perak, Kedah and Perlis - employed 7,000 workers with another 6,000 expected to be taken in the next four to five months.

At present, 90 per cent of the workers were locals with the wages having exceeded RM2 billion, he told reporters at a briefing in Kuala Lumpur.

Azmi said that about 21.4 per cent of the project worth RM2.8 billion has been completed in just over 15 months.

"We have another four years to go. We expect the project to be completed by January 7, 2013," he said.

The project has already disbursed about 400 contracts to 1,600 contractors,and was expected to award another 100 contracts worth RM2 billion in stages until the end of the first quarter 2010, he said. - Bernama
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