23 changes need to be made to Monorail trains

RapidRail-Sdn-Bhd-chief-executive-officer-Zohari-SulaimanKUALA LUMPUR: Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd and Scomi Engineering Berhad have identified 13 safety-critical modifications that need to be carried out on four-car Monorail trains before returning them to service.

In a statement here today, Rapid Rail chief executive officer Zohari Sulaiman said Scomi had identified 26 modifications as of May 25 that need to be carried out on the trains.

Of the modifications, 13 were safety- critical and must be carried out before the trains could return to service, he said.

“Despite the declaration from Scomi that the four-car monorail trains are fit for operations, as a responsible, professional and experienced urban rail operator, Rapid Rail will not put public safety at risk.”

Zohari said Rapid Rail would only redeploy the trains when they were certified safe by Scomi.

Zohari said while Scomi’s engineers recognised the deficiencies in the trains and had proposed a list of necessary modifications, these were not urgently done, which increased passenger safety risks.

“The immediate priority of Rapid Rail is to ensure Scomi, which has acknowledged the need to carry out the various modifications on the four-car Monorail trains, steps up its modifications urgently and diligently.

“No party is more important than the public.

“No element is more paramount than the uncompromised safety of our customers and members of the public.”

Rapid Rail issued the statement in response to media reports quoting Scomi on the fitness of Monorail trains.

Rapid Rail had grounded the four-car train sets due to safety reasons on June 7. This came after it identified several areas of risk posed by the trains which could harm the safety of its users.

Following that, only two-car train sets were operating with a frequency of eight minutes.

The Monorail service would be supported by a special shuttle service provided by RapidKL buses, plying key Monorail stations during the morning and evening peak hours on weekdays.

 

Monorail four-car trains grounded for safety reasons