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Monorail four-car trains to return to service by year-end

 | September 19, 2017

The train sets will be returned to service in stages once work to rectify safety issues has been completed.


PETALING JAYA: Rapid Rail’s four-car monorail trains which were grounded in May due to safety reasons will be returned to service in stages by year-end.

Rapid Rail chief executive officer Zohari Sulaiman said work was still ongoing to enhance the safety features of the five four-car train sets.

“We are working hard to have the works completed as soon as possible, but strictly according to the work details that we highlighted to them,” he said in a statement today.

He also apologised to customers for the inconvenience caused by the absence of the four-car train sets, saying they had been grounded temporarily in the interest of public safety.

The trains were removed from service after Rapid Rail identified several areas of risk which could harm the safety of its users.

Following the suspension of the trains, only two-car train sets were left operating with a frequency of eight minutes.

Zohari said then that the four-car train sets had been handed over to the supplier, Scomi, for re-examination and rectification.

The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) had also been briefed on the matter, he said.

In June, Rapid Rail and Scomi said they had identified 23 modifications that needed to be carried out on the trains, 13 of which were critical to safety.

In the absence of the four-car train sets, Rapid Rail has been deploying shuttle buses throughout the alignment to complement the operations of the two-car trains.

There are currently six two-car train sets in operation, with train frequency averaging between eight and 15 minutes depending on service hours and availability.

In recent times, the monorail, used daily by some 60,000 people to commute within the city’s busy financial and tourist centre, including the Golden Triangle, has struggled with breakdowns and crowded stations.

The latest delay in the monorail service occurred in July, when thousands of commuters were left stranded after it had to rely on just four sets of two-car trains.

At the heart of the problem are its trains, which are forced to operate above capacity, leading to frequent delays.

The delays are despite an ongoing plan to replace the old two-car trains with 12 four-car train sets under a half-a-billion ringgit contract between Prasarana and Scomi Engineering.

The project, which includes improvements to station platforms and the signalling system, was supposed to improve the monorail rides which cover 11 stations within a 9km circle.

Six years after the deal with Scomi, it is understood that only six of the 12 new four-car trains have been delivered.

The issue has been complicated by an ongoing legal battle between Prasarana and Scomi, after the former attempted to terminate the contract.

A court injunction is preventing Prasarana from naming a new contractor, with both parties now reportedly agreeing to refer the dispute to an adjudication board.

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