From 14th September onwards, a number of RapidKL trains will be pulled off the tracks by transport company Prasarana for repair work.
According to The Star Online, earlier reports about brake problems involving trains on the Kelana Jaya LRT line were the reason behind the move.
Frequent commuters need not to worry though because the repair work will only last for 2 months.
“There’s no delay, just a reduction in service,” an insider from Prasarana told The Star Online earlier this week. Land Public Transport Commission chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar has also confirmed the matter. “Prasarana has given its assurance that the service will return to normalcy,” he said.
It’d normally take 2 minutes and 42 seconds between trains during peak hours. However, Prasarana said in a press statement that the peak hour waiting times for the Kelana Jaya line would increase by about 40 seconds from 14th September onwards.
Ahmad Nizam Mohamed Amin, the chief executive of Rapid Rail which handles the Ampang and Kelana Jaya LRT line, reassured commuters by saying that services outside of peak hours, weekends, and public holidays would be as normal.
The trains’ suppliers, Bombardier Hartasuma, will be doing the repair work by replacing the brake callipers on the cars taken off. Though the repairs will last for 2 months, they are expected to end by 6th November.
To help with the service cutdown, RapidKL will provide free bus service from 7 KL stations to KLCC every 15 minutes from 6:30am to 9:30am.
The stations are:
- Wangsa Maju
- Sri Rampai
- KL Sentral
They will also have free buses running from KLCC to the 7 stations from 5pm to 7:30pm during the repair work.
Source: The Star Online.