Seremban-Nilai-KL express KTM service starts Wednesday

By BERNAMA / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS

The Seremban-Nilai-Kuala Lumpur (KL) Sentral KTM Komuter express service, which will begin its operations on Wednesday, is part of the government’s efforts to encourage the people to use public transport.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke (picture) said the express service will offer a one-way trip from Seremban to KL Sentral in the morning and a trip from KL Sentral to Seremban in the afternoon, only during weekdays.

“The train will leave Seremban at 7.08am, arriving at Nilai at 7.25am for a one-minute stop, before it’s expected to reach KL Sentral at 8.19am.

“In the afternoon, it will depart KL Sentral at 5.55pm, arriving at Nilai at 6.50pm and is expected to reach Seremban at 7.10pm,” he told the press, after launching the Lobak state assembly service centre in Seremban yesterday.

Loke said currently the travel fare will be equal to the normal fare which — from Seremban to KL Sentral — is at RM8.70, Nilai to KL Sentral at RM7 and Nilai to Seremban at RM3.60.

He added that the express service is not something new as it had been introduced before, but was cancelled several years ago.

“The train will be an additional train and will not disrupt the normal train schedule,” he said.

He said the service could accommodate 1,118 passengers at one time, with 328 seats and 790 standing passengers.

In terms of punctuality, Loke said he will ensure it will be monitored and KTM will submit reports to the ministry.

“I will try to make sure that the express train is always on time and I have also asked KTM to create a web and mobile application to facilitate passengers to check the travel times without having to wait at the stations,” he said.