New date set for ECRL completion

PUTRAJAYA: The new completion date for the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) is December 31, 2026 – about two years later than the original date of June 30 2024.

It will run through 20 stations from Kota Baru to Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Mentakan, to Jelebu, Bangi/Kajang, Putrajaya Sentral and onto Port Klang.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the new and improved ECRL alignment will pass through five states and Putrajaya, while the previous deal involved four states.

“This allows more states to enjoy the economic benefits of the improved deal.

“The southern alignment will provide a direct land link from Kuantan Port to Port Klang, serving as a land bridge between the two ports.

“The new alignment also prioritises cultural, heritage and environmental factors by avoiding the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge in Gombak, which is the longest pure quartz dyke in the world,” said the Prime Minister at a press conference Monday (April 15).

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