Monday, January 30, 2023

Transport Minister: Kelana Jaya LRT line disruptions expected to stay until Q3 2023, maintenance work ongoing

NewsTransport Minister: Kelana Jaya LRT line disruptions expected to stay until Q3...

Commuters who travel to work with the Kelana Jaya Light Rail Transit (LRT) line can expect service disruptions up to the third quarter of next year (Q3 2023), said Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

Speaking in a press conference, Loke said that he understands the frustration of the people and that he is currently working closely with Prasarana on the best ways to solve the issues.

He explained that the current service disruption is because at present, only 38 of the overall 56 train sets are operating, and the remaining 18 sets are under maintenance. This has forced the train frequencies to increase to five minutes as compared to the targeted three-minute interval per train. 

Loke added that the maintenance works will only be fully completed by Q3 next year. Though some are expected to return to service earlier.

Prasarana ordering new train sets

The transport minister also said that the train operator has placed an order for 19 new units of 4-car train sets to improve the service along the Kelana Jaya line. The first unit is expected to begin operation in August next year.

Meanwhile, Loke said the ministry noted several technical issues that are happening on a daily basis, among them, are a power trip or problems with the automated alarm system that forces the trains to be stopped.

“It is true that for now, the service is not yet stable. I apologise that for the next few months, there will still be disruptions to the service from time to time.”

“Hopefully, the service will be more stable by the third quarter of 2023. I would like to give my commitment that I am giving serious attention to the Kelana Jaya line issue and I will monitor it personally,” he said.

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Full maintenance in plan

He added that Prasarana is planning a major full maintenance for the overall LRT system, including for its power generators and signalling.

Earlier this week, Loke made a surprise visit to the Kelana Jaya line to observe and experience the congestion during the rush hour.

He acknowledges that there is an overcapacity at the train operator and this forces a long queue and waiting times.

While the issue will stay until Q3 of next year, at least something has been done to address this issue.

Watch the press conference here:

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