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KTM: THE 620km East Coast Rail Link (ECRL)



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KTM: THE 620km East Coast Rail Route (ECRR)

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Key Project / Initiative     Description
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
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Final Report On East Coast Railway Project To Be Completed Soon
April 14, 2011 16:44 PM
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KUANTAN, April 14 (Bernama) -- The East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) is in the process of completing its final report on the possible east coast railway project linking Kuala Lumpur-Kuantan-Tumpat, which covers a distance of 550km.

State Housing, Basic Infrastructure and Transportation Committee Chairman Datuk Mohd Soffi Abdul Razak said that the Kuala Lumpur-Kuantan route would involve five districts -- Bentong, Bera, Temerloh, Maran and Kuantan.

"This project will make an impact on Pahang's social and economic sectors, especially in the districts affected," he said in response to a question from Datuk Chuan Boon Seong (BN-Mentakab) at the state assembly sitting here on Thursday.

He said the project would create more employment for people through the development of projects, such as the Kuantan Port City project, Oil Palm Industrial Cluster, Wood Industrial Park in Temerloh, Pahang Technology Park and the Bentong Mixed Industrial Park, along the route.

Besides that, he said the districts involved would progress and develop with a more modern and efficient transportation network connecting them to the Klang Valley.

Meanwhile, Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said that the state government would take action under the National Land Code 1965 against Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) operators who flouted approval requirements by planting on a permanent basis for cash-crop projects.

He said that they had carried out some enforcement measures, such as patrols on rule violations.

"The Land Administrator can cancel the TOL. Continuous monitoring will also be carried out to ensure the problem does not recur," he said in response to a question from Syed Hamid Syed Mohamed (PAS-Kuala Semantan).

Adnan said 114.118 hectares of land in Temerloh, Jerantut, Lipis and Raub had been identified as flouting TOL approval requirements by growing permanent crops.

He added that action had been taken on 42.09 hectares of land, while action needed to be taken on another 73.03 hectares.

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Rail work for east coast
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BAHAU: The Transport Ministry will undertake a study to expand the rail double-tracking and electrification project from Gemas to Tumpat after the completion and commissioning of the Padang Rengas-Johor Baru project.


“Although we have not made a decision, I am certain that it is a matter of time before we look at the east coast line. I am also certain that if we improve the rail service, more people will travel by train,” he said after visiting the site for the new Bahau train station near here.

Kong said the priority was to complete the west coast railway double-tracking and electrification project, with the Ipoh-Seremban stretch already completed while the Seremban-Gemas and Ipoh-Padang Besar stretches are due for completion by year-end and the middle of next year respectively.

He said the ministry was now fine-tuning the design for the 200km Gemas-Johor Baru stretch costing between RM7bil to RM8bil, with tenders to be called soon.

He said at present KTM provided six train services along the Singapore-Gemas-Tumpat routes.

“We are also upgrading the Gua Musang, Kuala Krai, Pasir Mas and Tanah Merah stations to keep up with the times,” he said, adding that the Jerantut station was upgraded in 2006.

Kong said his ministry had decided to build a new station in Bahau as the existing one built 70 years ago could no longer serve commuters.

“The station is not only very small but is located along the busy main road which is a flood-prone area. In fact, there are no facilities such as a canteen, parking or even toilets,” he said.

Kong said the new station, expected to cost between RM5mil and RM6mil, will be built some 500m away from the existing station and will have various amenities as well as be disabled-friendly.

“Work on the new station should begin in June and will be completed within 15 months,” he said, adding that the contractor would also have to realign the tracks in the area.

On a separate matter, Kong said the Implementation and Coordination Unit of the Prime Minister's Department has approved a RM716,000 allocation for the construction of a pedestrian bridge over the Seremban-Gemas double-tracking project near Batang Melaka in Gemencheh.
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KUALA LUMPUR (July 31, 2012): The feasibility study on the East Coast Rail Route, covering Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan, has been completed, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak announced today.

He said the rail route would be built in phases, starting with Phase 1, spanning a 109Km rail track from Kertih to Kuantan.

The proposed route is 600 kilometres in length, from Kuala Lumpur to Tumpat, passing through Mentakab, Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Baharu, he said.

"The massive project will have a significant impact in terms of improving East Coast Economic Region's (ECER) connectivity with the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and expediting economic growth within the region," he said in a statement after chairing the ECER Development Council meeting here today.

Najib, who is also the council's chairman, earlier chaired the council's second meeting for the year.

The prime minister said Phase 1 of the rail route project would help improve linkages between the various industrial areas within the East Coast Economic Region Special Economic Zone such as the Gambang Halal Park, Kemaman Supply Base and Ship Repair.

The Gebeng Integrated Petrochemical Complex, Pekan Automotive Park and the Palm Oil Industrial Cluster and the Kuantan Port, which would ultimately enhance the port's competitiveness, would also immensely benefit from the project, said Najib, who is also Finance Minister.

"The proposed rail system for the east coast will provide a major boost for investors as businesses will be able to significantly reduce their costs by using this cost-effective and efficient mode of transport, which is also more environment-friendly," he added.

The feasibility study on the integrated rail route started in 2009. – Bernama
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'RM2b redevelopment for Kerteh-Kuantan rail link'
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BETTER CONNECTIVITY: It will be upgraded to double tracking to serve passengers

THE railway track between Kerteh in Terengganu and Kuantan in Pahang, which is owned by Petroleum Nasional Bhd (Petronas), will be redeveloped under a private finance initiative for about RM2 billion, according to sources.

It is believed that companies like IJM Corp Bhd, Loh & Loh Construction Sdn Bhd, UEM Group Bhd and DRB-HICOM Bhd may express interest in the redevelopment job.

The 72km single-track railway line was built in the 1990s with funding from Petronas. The line, managed by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd, ceased operations more than a year ago.

"It stopped operating due to the sub-standard railway infrastructure and was also not safe," said sources close to Petronas.

Under the East Coast Economic Region Master Development Plan, the Kuantan-Kerteh railway link has been identified for redevelopment to include passenger services.

"This will be a private finance initiative and there are several companies which have indicated their interest," a source said.

The source said the existing single track will be upgraded to double tracking with modern railway electro-mechanical system, including electrification, to serve passengers.

It will be developed in two phases. Phase One will link the line with Kuantan Port and the Gebeng Industrial Estate, while Phase Two will link it with Kuala Lumpur via Mentakab across the Main Range (Banjaran Titiwangsa), the source said.

"This will eventually turn Kuantan Port into the eastern border gateway to the Pacific and China, thus easing the heavy traffic in the Straits of Malacca and also shortening the travel time for vessels," he added.

The rail line links the Kerteh Petrochemical Complex and Kuantan Port, with a direct connection to the Gebeng Industrial Estate. It crosses five districts in Kemaman (Kerteh, Kemasik, Ulu Chukai, Binjai and Banggul) in Terengganu and Sungai Karang in Pahang.

The line was built to strengthen the transportation link between Gebeng and Kerteh, and to enhance the petrochemical linkages between Pahang and Terengganu.

Petronas is a major investor in several petrochemical ventures in both states. The rail line was built to handle cargo and traffic generated from petrochemical ventures.

At that time, around 2.8 million tonnes of cargo like ammonia, acetic acid, PVC, vinyl chloride monomer, paraxylene, benzene, ethylene and propylene were generated from the Kerteh Petrochemical complex.

The Kerteh-Kuantan railway line started with two diesel locomotives and 24 flat container wagons running twice a day. It handled about 35 to 40 twenty-foot equivalent units of cargo per day.

The railway track has sub-lines to Kemaman Port, which is 33km from the Kerteh Petrochemical Complex, and from the main track branching out 66km to the Gebeng Industrial Estate
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National Land Transport Master Plan has been released by SPAD today. This is the proposed alignment of east coast rail route (ECRR).

http://www.spad.gov.my/sites/default/files...final-draft.pdf

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East coast rail line may cost RM60b
By Sharen Kaur Published: 2013/04/18
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...#ixzz2QkLbUC4h



Most of the potential 620km East Coast Rail Route’s required investment will be sourced from the private sector, sources say

THE 620km East Coast Rail Route (ECRR) linking Greater Kuala Lumpur and three east coast states in Peninsular Malaysia is expected to cost around RM60 billion, sources say.

Most of the potential line’s required investment will be sourced from the private sector, they added.

The East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) has proposed the ECRR to the federal government and its viability is being studied by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

SPAD plays a central role in improving road and rail-based public and freight transport in the country.

Its chief development officer Azmi Abdul Aziz Gamusaid the ECRR aims to create rail connectivity to the east coast and provide economic spillover from Greater Kuala Lumpur.

“We are still studying the proposal (by ECERDC). We have not reached any conclusion.

“A new railway scheme will be formed as it will involve cutting across the Main Range (Banjaran Titiwangsa),” Azmi told Business Times on the sidelines of the Rail Solutions Asia conference here yesterday.

He added that the project, if viable, will be implemented in four phases. He, however, declined to reveal the cost.

“We have mapped out plans to develop railway infrastructure in Malaysia up to 2030. We are now working on plans beyond 2030.

This project (ECRR) may be implemented before or after 2030,” Azmi said.

According to sources, ECRR will take about 15 years to develop as it will involve a lot of underground work and building tunnels across Banjaran Titiwangsa.

ECERDC has established that a rail route connecting all the major ports, business centres and towns in Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan is vital to achieve growth in the east coast.

Based on the National Public Transport Masterplan available on SPAD’s website, the ECRR line may start either from the integrated transport terminal in Gombak, Batu Caves or Serendah, all in Selangor.

It will enter Pahang, stopping at Bentong, Mentakab or Temerloh, Maran and Gambang before heading on to the Kuantan Sentral station and then onwards to Kuantan Port City.

From there it will go into Terengganu, stopping at Kemaman, Kertih, Paka, Dungun, Ajil, Kuala Terengganu, Penarik and Kampung Raja.

It will then move into Kelantan, passing Tok Bali, Jelawat and Kota Baru, before reaching its final stop in Tumpat, about 9km from the Thailand-Malaysia border.


Business Times reported recently that the railway track between Kerteh and Kuantan, owned by Petroleum Nasional Bhd (Petronas), will be redeveloped for about RM2 billion.

The line, which ceased operations more than a year ago, will form part of the ECRR project, a source said.
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BUILT - ITT South: Bandar Tasik Selatan
PROPOSED - ITT East: Gombak
PROPOSED - ITT North: Sg Buloh

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Business Times headline news today
18/3/2013


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Hope to see this materilise in my lifetime.

From a Keynesian perspective....govt (whoever will become the feddie after 5th May) should give this project the green light.
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This project is necessary to bring rail serve the east coast states, particularly coastal cities which has no rail service at this moment.

Imagine if every weekend, KL residents can take train to Kuantan for Cherating, Teluk Chempedak. Imagine if Kuantan residents take train to KL for shopping. Distance diminishes, horizon broadens.

Malaysia rail network will become more complete, faster travel to east as it will serve major population areas of Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan, trains no longer need to go down to Gemas just to enter east coast.

Transhipment of cargo between Port Klang and Kuantan port will also be made possible.
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Is it electrified or not?
Pls build it before 2030!

It's gonna add more options for people to travel to KT and Kelantan.
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Is it electrified or not?
Pls build it before 2030!

It's gonna add more options for people to travel to KT and Kelantan.
It is going to be electrified.

http://www.btimes.com.my/articles/20...10954/Article/

They are going to rebuild Kuantan-Kerteh rail as first phase. Kuantan-Kerteh will be double tracked and electrified.
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Malaysia is studying the possibility of a massive major rail project - 620km on the east coast.

The rail project will cut through Titiwangsa Range via tunnels and may cost 60 billion ringgit or approximately US$19.6 billion. The Titiwangsa Range forms the southernmost section of the Indo-Malayan cordillera which runs from Tibet through the Kra Isthmus into the Malay peninsula.


Malaysia east coast rail line may cost RM60 billion
Business Times | By Sharen Kaur | April 14, 2013
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THE 620km East Coast Rail Route (ECRR) linking Greater Kuala Lumpur and three east coast states in Peninsular Malaysia is expected to cost around RM60 billion, sources say.



The East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) has proposed the ECRR to the federal government and its viability is being studied by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

“A new railway scheme will be formed as it will involve cutting across the Main Range (Banjaran Titiwangsa),” Azmi told Business Times on the sidelines of the Rail Solutions Asia conference here yesterday.

According to sources, ECRR will take about 15 years to develop as it will involve a lot of underground work and building tunnels across Banjaran Titiwangsa.

ECERDC has established that a rail route connecting all the major ports, business centres and towns in Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan is vital to achieve growth in the east coast.

Based on the National Public Transport Masterplan available on SPAD’s website, the ECRR line may start either from the integrated transport terminal in Gombak, Batu Caves or Serendah, all in Selangor.

It will enter Pahang, stopping at Bentong, Mentakab or Temerloh, Maran and Gambang before heading on to the Kuantan Sentral station and then onwards to Kuantan Port City. From there it will go into Terengganu, stopping at Kemaman, Kertih, Paka, Dungun, Ajil, Kuala Terengganu, Penarik and Kampung Raja. It will then move into Kelantan, passing Tok Bali, Jelawat and Kota Baru, before reaching its final stop in Tumpat, about 9km from the Thailand-Malaysia border.

Business Times reported recently that the railway track between Kerteh and Kuantan, owned by Petroleum Nasional Bhd (Petronas), will be redeveloped for about RM2 billion. The line, which ceased operations more than a year ago, will form part of the ECRR project, a source said.

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Malaysia is studying the possibility of a massive major rail project - 620km on the east coast.

The rail project will cut through Titiwangsa Range via tunnels and may cost 60 billion ringgit or approximately US$19.6 billion. The Titiwangsa Range forms the southernmost section of the Indo-Malayan cordillera which runs from Tibet through the Kra Isthmus into the Malay peninsula.

Malaysia east coast rail line may cost RM60 billion
Business Times | By Sharen Kaur | April 14, 2013
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...cle/index_html
Kalau still mantain meter gauge, memang bodoh la. I will be very upset if they dont upgrade to standard gauge. These things are going to be implemented beyond 2030?
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Curious, what are the pros and cons of the two track widths, Standard and Metre? Does it improve the train's stability?
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Curious, what are the pros and cons of the two track widths, Standard and Metre? Does it improve the train's stability?
Metre gauge is narrower than standard gauge, as such narrow gauge design speed often lower than standard gauge as it is less stable at higher speed compared to standard gauge.

Metre gauge when designed properly, usually can reach 160 km/h, however most standard gauge lines often has higher line speed.

However, having said that, lets look into our situation.

ECRR was intended not just to serve passengers, but also cargo as well. That is why there is a cargo station at Kuantan Port. Port Klang, Penang Port, PTP are all linked by existing KTM lines, which are all metre gauge. As such, ECRR is most likely to be metre gauge to link with the rest of KTM network, and do not forget the Kuantan-Kerteh rail link (which exists now) is metre gauge and when upgraded into electrified double track, will also retain metre gauge.

Having said that, some people might argue since this is expensive project, so it has to be done right etc.

Hence, I suggest this.

The line, has to be built to allow dual-gauge layout. Metre gauge and standard gauge, both. Key to this is to have concrete sleeper that is designed for future addition of another rail. From the start, it has to be metre gauge first. Later do standard gauge just by adding another rail.

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It would be a massive undertaking to change all of Malaysia's railways to standard gauge, that's for sure. That said, your suggestion right there is one the railway authority should seriously look into.
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It would be a massive undertaking to change all of Malaysia's railways to standard gauge, that's for sure. That said, your suggestion right there is one the railway authority should seriously look into.
I wouldn't suggest changing existing railway gauge. It is too expensive and yields little benefit because changing gauge is only one part of the story. If the line is standard gauge, but still has sharp curves, then it won't easily reach 200 km/h without tilting train.

I don't mind ECRR being solely metre gauge, as KL-Tumpat can be done in 6 hours based on electric metre gauge train. I don't think see them doing dual gauge, as they might follow the model as in Japan where they upgrade existing narrow gauge lines, and also building brand new separate high speed standard gauge lines.

However, tunnel is expensive, and so this is the part that the government should opt for dual gauge design.
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The way I see it though, however this project comes about, I see the need for some HSR-inspired thinking behind it (minimal curves, no crests and dips). Just in case.
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Old April 20th, 2013, 07:38 PM   #18
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This project is necessary to bring rail serve the east coast states, particularly coastal cities which has no rail service at this moment.

Imagine if every weekend, KL residents can take train to Kuantan for Cherating, Teluk Chempedak. Imagine if Kuantan residents take train to KL for shopping. Distance diminishes, horizon broadens.

Malaysia rail network will become more complete, faster travel to east as it will serve major population areas of Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan, trains no longer need to go down to Gemas just to enter east coast.

Transhipment of cargo between Port Klang and Kuantan port will also be made possible.
the idea of the residents using a public transportation is always nice..but i dont know if malaysian really supports that..as we can see, the existing rail system in KL itself aren't use to the optimum capacity..and we still saw massive traffic jams everyday..
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Old April 21st, 2013, 05:33 AM   #19
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the idea of the residents using a public transportation is always nice..but i dont know if malaysian really supports that..as we can see, the existing rail system in KL itself aren't use to the optimum capacity..and we still saw massive traffic jams everyday..
the idea of public transport is not the solve traffic jam, although the by-product is that.

the idea is provide an alternative so you don't have to drive to work.

even in london, new york, chicago, tokyo which have world class public transport, traffic jam is a daily occurrence and problem

you can see in kl people cope up with traffic by riding bikes instead of taking cars, but the jam is still there as new township developed with higher car ownership...
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Old April 21st, 2013, 08:56 PM   #20
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I so hope this happens in my years. I'd love to be able to visit the east coast by a decent, reliable rail link, and I do believe it will *really* benefit the eastern states.

There would be no real benefit in making any provisions for standard gauge where it would be significantly more expensive to do so, as even if the entire Malaysian system was upgraded to std. gauge, all it would serve to do is make the system incompatible with every other system rail system in the region. Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar all use metre gauge. By switching to standard gauge on existing alignments, you get a load of problems for minimal performance gains.

The best balance between cost and performance - IMHO - would be to build it to the same specifications as the upgraded WCL.
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