SUBANG JAYA, May 27 – Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wee Ka Siong said the Kelana Jaya light rail transit (LRT) service is expected to resume normal operations once the ongoing clearance and safety checks are done and approval from the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD) is given.
In a statement on this Facebook, the minister said he had visited the Kelana Jaya LRT (KJL) Operation Control Centre in Subang to get an overview of the LRT line’s operations from the OCC Chief Kwa Teong Sia as well as a briefing from the centre’s Operations Head Mohamad Zainin Hasnan.
On Monday, May 24th, two trains from the Kelana Jaya LRT line had collided in the tunnel area between the KLCC and Kampung Baru stations. There were 213 passengers on board one train during the incident which left six of them critically injured and others with lesser injuries.
Wee said the train operations are expected to be back to normal once the entire Kelana Jaya Line especially between KLCC and Kg Baru stations are cleared and given the go-ahead from APAD).
The clearing and operationalisation works were given three days starting 25 May to be completed but this is expected to be done almost a day earlier, the minister said, adding that the debris clearing works were moving quite fast and orderly at the incident site.
The two trains involved in the incident will be moved in a controlled manner back to the KJL depot for repairs tonight at the end of the line’s service period.
Then, using other replacement trains, Prasarana will conduct tests (without passengers) in the middle of the night when there is no service to ensure that the entire line is safe to be operated, particularly at the affected line.
Currently, the service is using an alternative set of tracks away from the affected track.
Wee said all 58 trains are expected to be operable again very soon to avoid further inconvenience to passengers.
“Most importantly, safety remains our paramount concern. I’ve been informed that when repairs are done on the dual track, the bottleneck occurring due to the 24 May incident would be resolved and back to normal LRT service.
“The OCC as well is operating fine and well in terms of signaling, communications and always with safety of the passengers in mind along the 46km KLJ route through 37 stations.”