This article in the Malaysian Insider indicates that consultants have been chosen for the extension of the Ampang (aka. Star) LRT from Seri Petaling and the Kelana Jaya (aka Putra) LRT from Kelana Jaya.
Both lines are to be extended to Putra Heights.
Conspicuous in its absence is the Kota Damansara-Cheras Line – probably because the planning of a new line (which may have to be built as an MRT) will take more time.
KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 — The first upgrade of Kuala Lumpur’s urban transport network is set to take off, with two firms hired to come up with designs to extend the city’s two light rail systems by 16km.
The government has set the firms an August deadline, after which construction work is expected to begin.
Sources said that two months ago, Syarikat Prasarana Negara, a government agency that oversees national urban transport, awarded design contracts to HSS Integrated and Minconsult, two of Malaysia’s largest civil engineering consultancies.
The management side of the project is said to have been awarded to Opus, a state-owned company in the United Engineers group.
The contracts will kick-start Malaysia’s largest infrastructure project in recent years – a RM6 billion job that should help reflate the country’s shrinking economy.
In addition, another RM1 billion will be needed to buy additional rolling stock from Bombardier of France.
The funds are not part of the recently announced stimulus package — they are expected to be raised through a bond offer by Syarikat Prasarana.
The project stops short of an original plan that called for a new 40km line connecting the new suburb of Kota Damansara with Cheras, one of KL’s oldest and most populated suburbs.
Sources said that this was probably due to budget constraints, as the new line was estimated to cost RM11-12 billion. Each extension will, instead, cost about RM3 billion.
HSS Integrated will do the design work on extending the Star line, which runs from Sentul in downturn KL to Desa Petaling to the south.
The extension will enlarge the network almost to Puchong, west of the city, where it will meet the Putra line, the extension of which is being designed by Minconsult.
Putra runs from Ampang in KL to Petaling Jaya to the west. The extension will take it to Subang Jaya and then around to Puchong. Each extension is expected to benefit more than a million people. — Business Times Singapore
It is good to see that the proposed LRT extensions have reached the design stage. One reason why this is useful is to show people that, although plans have been made they are never truly final.
What is needed now is better participation from the public so that the final product meets the needs of the public – and that means roadshows, public meetings, various ideas and plans, etc.
If the consultants do what the previous consultant, Trafik Klasik did, then it would just be an “eye-wash” or “stage-managed” consulting – we can only hope that the people will not sit back and let public transport be planned without their involvement and participation.
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