PETALING JAYA: Additional safety measures have been introduced at monorail stations to ensure passengers can travel safely while upgrading works are in progress, said Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana).
Its infrastructure development division group director Amiruddin Ma’aris said the additional safety measures were initiated because the company was unable to shut down the stations during operational hours to carry out some of the major works.
“We will not compromise on passengers’ convenience and safety in managing the monorail fleet expansion project,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Amiruddin said that besides deploying new four-car train sets, the project also involved replacement of the signalling system.
He said this needed to be planned meticulously so that it would minimise service downtime and avoid causing inconvenience to the public.
Amiruddin, who is also chief executive officer of Prasarana Integrated Management and Engineering Services (Prime), said the project included the installation of the platform automatic gate system.
“This will enhance the safety of passengers at the platform.
“A new depot will also be constructed to cater to the larger train sets,” he said, adding that the station upgrading exercise was currently at 85% completion.
All 11 monorail stations will be upgraded, some with extended platforms and new roofing, while 12 new four-car train sets will help to double the current capacity of the RapidKL monorail line.
It is expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of next year, with the 12 units set to be delivered progressively from early next year.
Prasarana added that Scomi Transit Project (STP), the monorail train set builder, had incurred delays in the production of the first train set as the initial plan to replicate the Mumbai Monorail design had not fully yielded the anticipated results.
It said the train sets had to be redesigned to suit local operations and regulatory requirements.
At present, the RapidKL monorail line operates 12 two-car train sets with a daily ridership of over 70,000 passengers.