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Friday, 7 July 2017

(The Star) CM: Rail links in Melaka set for 2040

MELAKA; Melaka is set to get its own rail connectivity by the year 2040 once the High-Speed Railway (HSR) linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to the historical city is completed.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the blueprint for the rail links between various destinations within the state has been finalised and work would commence once the HSR project is completed.

“Rail alignment would pass through the various points, including Cheng, Malim and Alor Gajah.

“The challenges railway construction companies are expected to face in Melaka would be integrating the busiest stretches in the city without comprising on load, safety and speed,” he said after chairing the weekly exco meeting.

Idris said the concession to manage the railway lines would be decided later after HSR is fully completed.

He said the state government also hopes that Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) will not limit the daily frequency of commuter train service from Pulau Sebang in Tampin to Kuala Lumpur from three presently to the proposed two.

“Many from the state, especially from Alor Gajah, are highly dependent on the mode of transport to get to work in Kuala Lumpur everyday.

“KTMB’s plan to reduce the frequency would certainly burden them as some travel as early as 7am to be in Kuala Lumpur by 9am,” he said.

Idris said Pulau Sebang and Batang Melaka railway stations are located within the state, although the tracks run across between Negri Sembilan and Melaka.

“Many perceive Pulau Sebang railway station to be part of Negri Sembilan due to the proximity to the state border,” he added.