TRANSIT took note of this disturbing article which stated that KTM Intercity and ETS services were temporarily suspended due to a suspected bomb on the railway tracks. Apparently an anonymous phone call claimed that the bomb was underneath a bridge along the railway tracks. Service on the railway has now resumed. Over 1,000 passengers stranded … More Over 1,000 passengers stranded at Perak KTMB stations due to bomb hoax
TRANSIT took note of this article which describes plans for another corporate restructuring at KTMB. It is sad that the Malayan Railway has still not managed to figure out whether it is supposed to be a government agency, corporate entity, or something in between. TRANSIT remembers earlier corporate restructurings that have happened for KTMB. Well, … More KTM Update: Another restructuring for KTMB promises to accomplish what earlier restructuring(s) did not
TRANSIT recently took note of these articles announcing the demolition of the Butterworth Railway station as part of the Electrification & Double Tracking project from Ipoh to Padang Besar. The old Butterworth Station will be replaced with a new railway station – one that will presumably be designed to accommodate more electric train services as … More KTM Update: Butterworth railway station pulled down for development – but not for Penang Sentral
TRANSIT took note of this press release from Balfour Beatty Ansaldo Systems JV, which is working on the Systems Package for the Electrification & Double Tracking project from Ipoh to Padang Besar. The project, as you know, is a significant investment in KTM railway operations since it will allow a ten-fold increase in train movements … More Press release from Balfour Beatty Ansaldo Systems JV regarding the Ipoh-Padang Besar EDT Project
TRANSIT took note of this interesting letter by C.R. of Kuala Lumpur, who discusses the recent protest by the Railwaymen’s Union of Malaya (RUM), which included warnings of a “work-to-rule” campaign & potential disruption of Balik Kampung / Hari Raya Aidilfitri travel. C.R. argues that it might be time to open up the Railway sector … More The KTM Debate: Should the railway sector be opened up to “competition”?
TRANSIT took note of some very interesting articles about KTMB and Malaysia’s railway heritage, which is changing before our eyes with the Ipoh-Padang Besar & Seremban-Gemas Electrification & Double Tracking (EDT) Projects. Heritage stations along the west coast of Malaysia are being replaced with modern structures. In some cases, aspects of the stations are being … More KTM Update: Consider our heritage as we move into the modern age
TRANSIT took note of this article in the Borneo Post which says that the Gemas-Johor Baharu electrified double tracking project is to be tendered out by year-end, according to the Transport Minister. For those who do not know, the Gemas-JB electrification & double tracking project is the last stretch in the electrification & double tracking … More KTM Update: Gemas-Johor Baharu electrified double tracking project to be tendered out by year-end, says Transport Minister
Updates #97 1. Article: Flaming bus at depot (The Malay Mail, 2 August 2011) – A bus parked at its depot in Segambut unexpectedly burst into flames yesterday afternoon, shortly after the driver had finished his shift. 2. Article: New air-conditioned bus stop opens its door in Zest Point @ Kinrara 9 (The Star, 30 … More Updates #97
Is the Railwaymen’s Union becoming political? That is the question that was running through the minds of TRANSIT members when we learnt that the KTM Railwaymen’s Union had written a letter to Prime Minister Najib Razak to protest the reappointment of Dr. Aminuddin Adnan as president of KTMB for a second 2 year term. Now, … More KTM Update: Is the Railwaymen’s Union becoming ‘political’?
Update: KTM services through Kuala Lumpur station were restored as of 2pm Sunday, 17 July 2011 – but when will our faith in KTMB be restored? TRANSIT took note of this announcement from Bernama about a serious disruption of KTM services because of a crane collapse at the Kuala Lumpur rail station. Thank goodness no … More KTM Update: Major disruption of services at Kuala Lumpur Station but not a tweet from KTMB (Update #1)