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Monday, 27 February 2017

(The Star) Klang Valley double-track upgrade still on track

Despite minor hiccups, works to upgrade 42km of Keretapi Tanah Melayu’s (KTM) Klang Valley Double Track (KVDT) is progressing well.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive officer Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah said the upgrade being carried out between the Rawang-Salak Selatan and Sentul-Simpang Batu lines was expected to be completed as scheduled by the end of 2019.

“Some of the works done include the upgrading of KTM’s 16 stations, as well as the signalling and electrification system for the overall KTM network,” he said during a site inspection just before a heavy thunderstorm rolled in on Friday afternoon.

Azharuddin added that the upgrades were crucial to ensure smooth commutes by resolving problems such as delays and cancellations stemming from system failure or derailment.

Most of the track was already more than 20 years old, he pointed out.

Azharuddin said RM1.4bil was allocated for the upgrading works, which started in the third quarter of 2016.

“We have faced minor hiccups but the quality of work is the most important thing, and this includes the safety of commuters and workers.

“The contractors have assured SPAD that they would be able to get the job completed on time,” he added.