THE Kwasa Damansara, Kampung Selamat and Sungai Buloh MRT station of the MRT SBK Line will be temporarily closed from March 9-10 to facilitate Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line (SSP Line) migration works.
This follows the successful first stage migration works to transfer the existing MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line stations between Kwasa Damansara MRT station and Sungai Buloh MRT station to the SSP Line last year.
During this time, MRT SBK Line train services will only operate between Kwasa Sentral and Kajang stations.
The Sungai Buloh KTM station will continue to operate as normal.
Ten free replacement shuttle buses will serve Kwasa Sentral, Kampung Selamat, and Sungai Buloh MRT stations during normal SBK operation hours to facilitate passengers travelling on the SBK Line during the weekend.
Feeder bus services will operate as normal.
Kwasa Damansara station will not be served by the free replacement shuttle bus service as there are no residential houses nor commercial activity around the station.
Passengers using the Kwasa Damansara station are either park-and-ride users or are dropped off by private vehicles, taxis or e-hailing services.
These passengers are advised to be dropped off or park at Kwasa Sentral or Sungai Buloh stations.
Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd SBK Line chief operation officer Azmi Mohd Zain said Rapid Rail staff will be assigned at the affected stations to guide passengers.
Direction and information signs will be placed at strategic locations at the stations to guide passengers to the free shuttle buses.
"While migration works are ongoing, we will try our best to provide the passengers a service that is akin to the MRT service, where the replacement shuttle buses will operate at a frequency that matches the frequency of MRT trains during the weekend, that is between seven to 15 minutes," he said during a press conference at Kwasa Damansara MRT station on Wednesday (March 6).
MRT Corp SSP Line electrical and mechanical works director Abdul Hamid Abdillah said the works will, among others, involve the installation of a pair of new turnouts for the new spur rail lines into the SSP Line Depot near the Kwasa Damansara station and associated signalling and train control modifications to accommodate access into the SSP side of the Sungai Buloh Depot.
Hamid said these is just one of the many other activities which had to be carried out for the migration works from now until the opening of Phase One of the SPP Line in 2021.
Some of the works will require further closures of the three stations in the future.
He said various teams behind the migration works carried out meticulous planning to ensure that potential risks can be mitigated, such as uncertain weather conditions that may damper work progress.
"In the future, Kwasa Damansara station will be the terminal station for both SBK and SSP Lines. Passengers transferring from one line to the other will only need to walk from one side of the platform to the other," he said.
In the unlikely event that works have to continue beyond the planned closure period, Hamid said MRT Corp and Rapid Rail have already drawn up a contingency plan to operate replacement buses to the affected stations.
For details on station closures, visit www.rapidkl.com.my or call the Rapid KL Hotline 03-7885 2585.