SPAD URGES PRASARANA TO ACT SWIFTLY IN ADDRESSING KL MONORAIL ISSUES
KUALA LUMPUR, 15 MAY 2017 – SPAD takes a very serious view of the recent announcement by Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd that it has grounded several 4-car trains last Friday following the identification of safety concerns. Whilst the grounding of those trains is absolutely necessary in the interest of passenger safety, the Commission will closely monitor current remedial actions being undertaken by Rapid Rail to ensure that commuters continue to receive reliable services. To make up for any service gaps arising from the deployment of 2-car train sets every 8 minutes, Rapid Rail has assured the Commission that it will deploy additional shuttle buses between 7 and 15 minutes at busy stations between 7am and 9am and 5pm and 7pm.
SPAD has directed Prasarana to take immediate measures to improve the reliability of the current 5-sets of the 4-car trains by adopting more stringent maintenance and inspection regime, as well as higher service and safety standards. This will enable the operator to identify problems early before they result in service disruptions and delays to commuters. The Commission also urges Scomi, the train manufacturer to continue to cooperate and fast track the delivery of the remaining 7-sets of new 4-car trains. This is key to enable Prasarana to run trains more frequently and improve the capacity of the current KL Monorail fleet to support higher passenger volume at any one time, particularly during peak hours.
For greater oversight and to ensure timely and appropriate actions are taken, Prasarana is required to submit to SPAD regular updates of faults detected in the KL Monorail network through their routine maintenance which includes rectification plans and specific timelines.