Selangor Journal
A man wearing a protective face mask gets on board the LRT train at the Bandar Baru Ampang station, in Kuala Lumpur, on May 6, 2020. — Picture by FIKRI YUSOF/SELANGORKINI

Ampang-Putra Heights LRT passengers can continue journey to Masjid Jamek starting tomorrow

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 — Commuters using the Light Rail Transit (LRT) from Ampang/Sri Petaling and Putra Heights can now continue their journey to the Masjid Jamek LRT station from tomorrow to February 16.

Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Nor Azmi Mohd Yusof said this change in operation will make it easier for users not to have to get off at the Hang Tuah LRT station to board a connecting train to continue their journey to the Masjid Jamek LRT station.

However, passengers must still use the free intermediate bus service to continue their journey between the Masjid Jamek and Bandaraya stations.

“During the same period, Rapid Rail will conduct the final trial operation of the LRT service between the Masjid Jamek and Bandaraya stations in preparation for the reopening of this line to users.

“… with the changes to the operation, the frequency of trains during peak hours will also be increased to 3.5 minutes for the Central Business District (CBD) and seven minutes outside the CBD following the increase in trains from 24 to 31 trains,” he said.

Azmi was speaking to the press after a media briefing session today on the extended trial operations, after repairs following structural damage to the flyover in the area and damaged track near the Bandaraya LRT station.

The route between the Masjid Jamek and Bandaraya stations had been closed for safety reasons since January 27 last year, following structural and track damage near the Bandaraya LRT station.

He said the implementation of this final trial operation was carried out in compliance with operational standards in steps to ensure the safety of users and the reliability of the rail system.

“We hope commuters can be patient for a little while more for the final trial to be completed before we can start normal operations, which are expected to be implemented at the end of February, depending on the assessment and approval of the Land Public Transport Agency (Apad),” Azmi said.

Meanwhile, Prasarana Malaysia Bhd’s Capex projects department head Muhammad Hafizi Hashim said the work to repair the structure of the flyover and track near the Bandarajaya LRT station has been fully completed.

“During the repair works, the contractor had installed some equipment to monitor the ground movement.

“For this final trial test, we will continue to record the performance of the ground movement to ensure that everything during the test is by the set standards,” he said.

— Bernama

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