KUALA LUMPUR: The government is mulling over the need to extend the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) from single track to double tracks, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan said based on a study conducted by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and Malaysia Rail Line Sdn Bhd, there was a need to build two tracks for the 688km project.
“This is still in the current study and we will announce it soon. The reason for our consideration is cost.
“But the ‘double formation double track’ will indeed be more efficient and more manageable, especially in terms of schedule and speed of the train,” he said when winding-up on the debate on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s speech at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.
Rahman said the preliminary plans in the construction of ECRL, which is expected to be completed by 2024 from Gombak here to Tumpat, Kelantan, would involve a cost of RM55 billion, among others, to finance the cost of land acquisition.
He added if the proposed two-track construction was agreed upon, it would incur more cost.
He said the government was also conducting a study to connect the tracks from Gombak to Port Klang, to facilitate sending cargo directly to the port.