KUALA LUMPUR: There is no guarantee as to when the Ampang Light Rail Transit (LRT) line service disruption will end so far, says Transport Minister Anthony Loke.
Thus, he has advised passengers using the Ampang LRT line to plan their journey for the coming Monday (Jan 30) as the route between the Masjid Jamek LRT station and Bandaraya LRT station was unable to operate due to a kinked track alignment detected near the Bandaraya LRT station on Friday (Jan 27).
Loke said that Rapid Rail engineers and experts were currently assessing the structural issues of the tracks to see how far it would affect the operations and whether it would be safe to operate.
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"We are waiting for the report. I cannot give a guarantee now (when it will reopen).
"When their report is done, we will decide on how to mitigate and make further announcements maybe in a day or two.
"Now we give space to engineers to look at the structural issues," he told reporters after attending the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) Chinese New Year 2023 reception at the Wisma Chinese Chamber here on Saturday (Jan 28).
Loke acknowledged that while closing the route was an inconvenience to commuters, it had to be done in order to prioritise the safety of the passengers.
"Although I understand that when a station is closed, it is an inconvenience to many passengers but I hope that they understand the situation is not something we desire, but we must prioritise the safety of the train and passengers," he said.
He also added that more information would be provided from time to time.
On Friday (Jan 28), Rapid Rail said due to safety factors, it decided to close the route between Masjid Jamek and Bandaraya stations until stability and safety could be ensured.
Following that, shuttle services as well as alternative bus services have been provided to ferry passengers.