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Wednesday May 19, 2010

KTM Komuter to serve Sentul-Batu Caves route from July

THE KTM Komuter service will be fully operational on the Sentul-Batu Caves route in July, and will serve four new stations, KTMB freight services general manager Azman Ahmad Sharabi said on Monday.

He said the new stations on the route from Sentul were Taman Wahyu, Kampung Batu, Batu Cantonment and Batu Caves.

KTMB had hitherto provided special services to Batu Caves in conjunction with the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves and to transport cement and containers.

“The KTM Komuter service can only be implemented fully in July because of infrastructure upgrading, especially ticketing,” he said after launching a high-powered loco­­motive for the cement cargo train on the Sentul-Batu Caves route.

About RM400mil had been allocated for the extension of the KTM Komuter route by 7km from Sentul to Batu Caves, including construction of tracks and upgrading of the Batu Caves station.

Azman said the KTM Komuter would run at a 30-minute frequency on the route at normal times and at a 15-minute frequency during peak periods.

The route could also be served by high-powered locomotives of 3,300hp engines capable of drawing loads of up to 2,500 tonnes, he said.

The new locomotive would be able to draw up to 40 wagons compared with 25 by the previous versions, and save on diesel and manpower as well as travel time, he said.

Azman said KTMB was looking into ways to optimise the use of the new locomotives so as to help reduce road traffic congestion, and was also considering transporting dangerous cargo such as petroleum-based and chemical goods. — Bernama