Electric Train Services to Penang/Butterworth
FMT Reporters | June 21, 2015
Transport minister says trial runs being finalised on KL-Butterworth
SITIAWAN: The long-delayed electric train services between Butterworth and Kuala
Lumpur are expected to start in July, according to transport minister Liow Tiong Lai.
He said trial runs were being carried out on the performance of the train
“On July 9, I will personally head to Batu Gajah in Perak to attend a trial run
with other government officials to check on the Ipoh-Butterworth trains,” he said here after a party event,
according to Star Online. “Only after that, I will announce the important
details of this new route, such as the schedule and the fares,” he was quoted as saying.
Malayan Railway (KTM) has been operating an electric train service on the KL-Ipoh
route since 2010 after the railway line was double-tracked.
The new KL-Butterworth electric train service is a result of
double-tracking of the route first proposed in 2002 but shelved by the Abdullah Ahamad Badawi government in
December 2003 and only revived by the Najib Razak government in 2007. Work began in 2008.
The RM12 billion project consist of two sections, the 171km Ipoh-Butterworth line and
the 158km Bukit Mertajam-Padang Besar line. The project features a 3.3km tunnel, the longest rail tunnel in South
Travel time by rail between KL and Butterworth is expected to be eventually
shortened to three hours, slashing current times of about eight hours.
Timetable, KL - Butterworth - Padang Besar - Hatyai