The Kelana Jaya LRT line will be resuming its services today (14 November) after a 5-day-shutdown involving 16 stations from Kelana Jaya to Ampang Park that began last week.
In a statement on Facebook, caretaker Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the LRT’s critical safety systems were found to be safe for operations.
He added that he had taken a test ride on the line as part of the comprehensive testing that evaluated all parameters, especially the stability of the automatic train control (ATC) system as the train enters and departs from the stretch from Kelana Jaya to Ampang Park.
“I have been briefed by the Rapid Rail management on intensive tests conducted that involved 38 trains, all the way from Gombak to Putra Heights to ensure the Kelana Jaya line is totally safe and ready for full reopening.”
“The overnight tests were supervised by the Rail Enforcement Division, the Rail Planning Division, the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD), where they found the critical safety systems were working without any form of instability. I am very satisfied with the tests conducted.”
“APAD has also verified the stability of the ATC system and declared that the line is safe to resume operations,” he said.
Meanwhile, the railway operator said they will continue to keep a close watch on the system with the technical team from Thales Group, the original equipment manufacturer for the signalling system.
It added that it will be on standby to deploy bridging buses if disruption happens again.
Free rides for 1 week
As a compensation to commuters, Prasarana, the parent company behind Rapid Rail and Rapid Bus, said it will give free rides to Malaysians for a week starting 14 November until 20 November.
For My50 pass holders, they will enjoy an additional week of free rides when they renew their pass, while Touch n’ Go users will not be charged when they use their cards. As for token users, they can get them for free from the customer service counters at any LRT, MRT, Monorail or BRT station.
According to Free Malaysia Today, Prasarana CEO and president Azharuddin Mat Sah stressed that the decision to halt services was made in the interest of safety.
“We hope the full reopening of the line ahead of schedule will ease the problems faced by commuters,” he said.