THE Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has urged Prasarana to take immediate measures to improve the safety and reliability of its current fleet of four-car trains.
In a statement yesterday, SPAD said Prasarana should adopt a more stringent maintenance and inspection regime, as well as set higher service and safety standards.
“This will enable the operator to identify problems early, before they result in service disruptions and delays to commuters,” it said.
SPAD said this in response to the recent announcement by Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd that it has grounded several four-car trains following the identification of safety issues.
"The commission also urged Scomi, the train manufacturer, to fast-track the delivery of the remaining seven sets of new four-car trains.
“This is to enable Prasarana to run trains more frequently and improve the capacity of the KL Monorail fleet to support higher passenger volume at any one time, particularly during peak hours,” it said.
SPAD said for greater oversight and to ensure timely and appropriate actions were taken, Prasarana was required to submit to SPAD regular updates of faults detected in the KL Monorail network through their routine maintenance.
On May 12, Prasarana’s subsidiary Rapid Rail grounded the four-car trains 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.
Meanwhile, Rapid Rail Chief Executive Officer Datuk Zohari Sulaiman said shuttle buses were provided for three temporary routes.
“First route is between KL Sentral and Raja Chulan stations; second route is Hang Tuah and Raja Chulan stations and the third route is between Chow Kit to Raja Chulan Monorail station.
“A nominal fee of RM1 is charged, except at Hang Tuah integration station for passengers using the Ampang/Sri Petaling Light Rail Transit route,” he said.
“A nominal fare of RM1 would be charged, except at the Hang Tuah integrated station for customers travelling from the Sri Petaling/ Ampang Lines whose fare would be waived.
Commuters could also opt for the Go KL free bus services, particularly the Go KL Blue Line, between Chow Kit and Bukit Bintang, and the Go KL Green Line between KLCC and Bukit Nanas.
“We have identified several safety-related concerns on the four-car trains and have demanded Scomi, the train manufacturer, to carry out all safety-critical improvement works and re-certify the rail-worthiness of the four-car trains.
In the meantime, Zohari said more manpower, including auxiliary police and station operations staff, would be deployed at the monorail stations for better crowd control and to assist customers.
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