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KL-Ipoh Electric Train Service To Begin Operations Mid-month

KL-Ipoh Electric Train Service To Begin Operations Mid-month

KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 (Bernama) — The Electric Train Service (ETS) which will reduce travel time between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur to just two hours from three hours previously, is expected to be fully operational by mid-month.

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) president Dr Aminuddin Adnan however, did not reveal the exact date of the launch of ETS.

“We are targeting professional groups and businessmen, besides the regular users of public transport, to use the service.

 “With a speed of 140km/h, ETS will definitely reduce travel time, and the service of stewards and stewardesses will also provide comfort to passengers. ”

n future, we will also provide wi-fi facilities in the train and we are in the midst of getting the right service provider,” he told Bernama in an interview here Monday.

Eventually, he said, the ETS would also be expanded to Seremban. Aminuddin said there were five ETS trains which would provide eight return trips for the Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh route daily, with the first train leaving at 5am and the last, 11pm.

On the fare, he said, KTMB was still waiting for approval from the transport ministry, adding that it was expected to be between RM30 and RM35 per trip. Dr Aminuddin said KTMB had prepared an organised maintenance system for the ETS to ensure that it would not face similar problems as its existing train services.

 “It is easier to maintain the electrical system with an organised maintenance plan.

We hope to be able to provide an efficient and hassle-free train service, as compared to the commuter and inter-city train services,” he said.

He said each ETS train was also equipped with close-circuit television cameras to monitor the safety of the passengers, besides having the capacity of 350 passengers per trip.



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