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Thursday November 3, 2011

Two sets of EMU trains being tested

BATU GAJAH: Two sets of the six-car electric multiple unit (EMU) trains are being tested at the KTMB academy here.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the first EMU set arrived from China on Sept 22, while the second unit arrived on Oct 19.

Four more sets will be arriving by month-end.

Kong said all six sets would be tested before hitting the tracks to ensure the technical specifications and safety features had been adhered to.

Progress on track: Kong (third from left) looking at the first set of the EMU train at KTMB’s academy in Batu Gajah yesterday.

“The remaining 32 sets will be shipped in stages. KTMB expects to get all the sets by May next year.

“This means the 38 EMU trains will be fully operational by June next year,” he said after being briefed on the testing and commissioning process at the academy here yesterday.

Once all 38 sets are on track, KTMB will be able to serve between 150,000 and 200,000 passengers a day compared to the present 95,000.

It will also improve frequency from 30 minutes to only 10 minutes.

Kong said the design speed for the EMU was 140kph, but the operational speed would be 120kph. The 38 sets cost RM1.894bil.

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