PETALING JAYA: Operations of six stations along the LRT Ampang-Sri Petaling Line will be suspended from Sunday (April 2), says RapidRail Sdn Bhd.
The stations involved are Bandaraya, Sultan Ismail, PWTC, Titiwangsa, Sentul and Sentul Timur.
"The trains used for services between Bandaraya and Sentul Timur stations no longer meet set operational criteria and had to be taken out of service for safety reasons.
"This follows the structural and runway damage incident near the Bandaraya station which made trains unable to return to the LRT depot in Ampang to undergo maintenance work since Jan 27," RapidRail said in a statement on Thursday (March 30) evening.
It said it would provide free express bus services, LRT13 and LRT14, from Sunday to support the movement of commuters on top of the existing LRT11 bus service.
Bus LRT13 will cover the stretch between Masjid Jamek, Sentul and Sentul Timur stations.
Meanwhile, LRT14 bus will cover from Masjid Jamek to Titiwangsa station.
"LRT11, 13 and 14 bus services will operate with a total of 40 buses at a frequency of 10 to 15 minutes during peak hours and depending on traffic conditions.
"Starting from Sunday, bus services of LRT9 (Hang Tuah-Bandaraya) and LRT10 (Masjid Jamek-Bandaraya) will be terminated," RapidRail said, adding that the new bus services will be running on special lanes.
On Jan 28, Prasarana halted the Ampang LRT service between the Masjid Jamek and Bandaraya stations after severe cracks were found on a railway pier next to the latter.
In February, Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the repairs to the structural damage are expected to be completed in September at the earliest.