KL Monorail woes to ease in August after Prasarana, STP settlement in April

The repairs contractor has started the refurbishment works in May following a RM303m settlement agreement, says Loke

by RAHIMI YUNUS / pic by ARIF KARTONO

The Kuala Lumpur (KL) Monorail services’ woes are set to ease when three four-car trains under repair are delivered to Prasarana Malaysia Bhd on Aug 16.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said repairs contractor — a Scomi Group’s unit — Scomi Transit Project Sdn Bhd (STP) has started the refurbishment works in May following a RM303 million settlement agreement inked with Prasarana in early April.

“I was informed by Scomi that the first three sets of the train could begin their operations on Aug 16. Parts and components are currently being repaired, replaced and installed into the trains,” Loke said after a surprise visit to the monorail depot in KL yesterday.

He added that STP is expected to deliver two more four-car trains to Prasarana three months after the first three are completed.

In April, Prasarana and STP entered into the settlement deal, which comprised repairs of five four-car trains and an acquisition of seven sets.

The contract marked the end of their legal disputes over the delivery of the 12 four-car trains.

The five four-car train coaches needed to be repaired due to technical problems.

They have stopped operating since January 2018, forcing Prasarana to run the monorail services with only six two-car trains.

Ridership has dropped more than 50% from 70,000 passengers daily to about 31,000 due to inadequate capacity and unsatisfactory services for users.

A two-car train can only accommodate 214 people, leading to crammed trains and longer waiting time.

Among the rail services operated by Prasarana, Loke said the KL Monorail recorded the highest number of public complaints.

Prasarana, a government-owned transportation company under the Transport Ministry, operates the country’s urban rail services comprising the light rail transit networks, the KL Monorail and mass rapid transit lines.

It also owns and operates the stage-bus services in KL, Selangor, Penang, Perak and Pahang.

Meanwhile, Loke said the government is working on an integrated ticketing payment system for all public transportation modes that could accept transactions made by cards like Visa, MasterCard and e-wallets.