Wee: LRT service could resume earlier than expected

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The light rail transit (LRT) service along the Kelana Jaya Line could resume earlier than expected but it is subject to a full-day test, Wee Ka Siong said.

The caretaker transport minister said this was possible after the modem and power supply for the tracks were replaced.

Wee said the problem that plagued the service had been rectified and Prasarana Malaysia Bhd will begin testing the system tomorrow.

“The Land Public Transport Agency will also need to certify the Thales Group experts’ confirmation that the rail line is safe and stable for use before we can reopen.

“If there aren’t any more problems, then we will resume services whereby Prasarana will announce at 6 pm the day before,” he told a press conference at the Lembah Subang Rapid Rail depot today.

On Tuesday, LRT operator Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd announced that an unstable automatic train control system had been identified as the cause of disruption to Kelana Jaya Line LRT train services last Saturday and Monday.

LRT services between Kelana Jaya and Ampang Park stations were suspended for seven days from 6am on Tuesday after taking into account passenger safety as well as the time it would take to identify the cause of service disruption.

Following that, Rapid Bus added 20 free shuttle buses to carry affected passengers following the closure of 16 LRT train stations between Kelana Jaya and Ampang Park from yesterday.

The government apologised for the inconvenience faced by users of the disrupted Kelana Jaya LRT line.

Wee said today Prasarana was looking into compensating affected passengers for the service disruption.

He said passengers using the LRT Rapid pass, such as My50 and My30 would be given an extension period in their travel pass.

“Details are being finalised and we will announce further in due time,” he was quoted as saying. – TMI