SPAD INSTRUCTS KTMB TO SUSPEND CARGO OPERATIONS ALONG THE RAWANG-SALAK SELATAN STRETCH FOLLOWING RECENT DERAILMENT
KUALA LUMPUR, 23 NOVEMBER 2017 - Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) takes a serious view of the latest derailment of a KTMB cargo train at the Bank Negara station which has disrupted travel for thousands of commuters relying on the KTM network.
Calling the latest incident unacceptable, the Commission has directed KTMB to expedite investigation and furnish a full account of the incident to determine the exact cause of the derailment.
As an immediate precautionary measure, SPAD has ordered KTMB to suspend the cargo services along the Rawang-Salak Selatan stretch until the investigation concludes. In addition, SPAD has tasked KTMB to review and improve its freight wagon operational procedure to ensure safety.
The Commission has also instructed KTMB to expedite the ongoing Klang Valley Electrified Double Track (KVDT) project aimed at upgrading the 42km network, in particular the 7km stretch between Simpang Batu to Kuala Lumpur Station as the track quality index in this sector requires immediate enhancement.
KTMB was also asked to refund the affected passengers who wish to discontinue their journeys, and ensure commuters do not incur any additional charges for MRT and bus services for the affected journey, in addition to the flexibility to alter their travel date on ETS.
Commuters who are affected by this service disruption may use alternative rail services such as the MRT in Sungai Buloh, Kajang, Muzium Negara, Pasar Seni and the LRT from Subang Jaya. KTMB will also ensure that passengers of the Electric Train Service (ETS) will be ferried to the Sungai Buloh Station using the MRT before switching to the ETS to continue their respective journeys. In addition, SPAD has directed KTMB to activate bus services to and from Sentul-KL Sentral-Sentul, as an alternative means of travel for affected commuters. For further information about service restoration, commuters may contact KTMB on 03 22671200.
Once the investigation concludes and the findings are complete, the Commission will take necessary steps to take stern actions including financial penalty in the event KTMB is found negligent.