KUALA LUMPUR: A KTM intercity train that plies the Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh route will be used from Monday to overcome the problems of delays and breakdowns of the KTM commuter service.
The train would be used on weekdays, three times a day during peak period on the train route from Seremban to Sungai Buloh, said KTM Bhd president Dr Aminuddin Adnan.
Dr Aminuddin said the train which has six coaches could accommodate 700 passengers, double the number on a regular KTM commuter train.
“We will provide the service until the old commuter trains are repaired or refurbished,” he said adding that they accommodated 60,000 to 70,000 passengers during peak hours daily. He was responding to public complaints on train delays which were highlighted by The Star Metro Central on Monday.
The coach will leave Seremban at 6.15 am and reach KL Sentral at 7.30 am and Sungai Buloh at 7.50am. In the evening, it will leave Sentul at 6.30pm and reach KL Sentral at 6.45pm and Seremban at 8pm.
Although the train is from the KTM premium fleet, passengers will pay the normal rate, Dr Aminuddin said at the KTM Bhd headquarters Hari Raya celebration yesterday.
Recently, the Government had allocated funds for refurbishing some of the trains, he said adding that they were surprised by the sudden surge in passenger volume following the hike in petrol price.
In the long-term, the Government has approved the purchase of 38 six-car sets which would start operations in January 2012, he said.
On another issue, Dr Aminuddin said KTM Bhd was also looking at drafting a law to penalise men who deliberately enter edwomen coaches.
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