First set of EMU six-car trains to run in January

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 20, 2011): The first set of the Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) of six-car trains ordered by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) is scheduled to be used for the commuter services in January next year.

Deputy Transport Minister Jelaing Mersat said the first consignment of 38 EMU units of six-car trains or also known as SCS arrived on Sept 22 this year while the second and third sets arrived on Oct 19 and Nov 17 respectively.

“The (remaining of the) 38 set is expected to be delivered by June next year,” said Jelaing in reply to Khoo Soo Seang in the Dewan Negara today.

Khoo had been asked to state the plans to increase the number of KTM trains to alleviate the long waiting time during peak hours.

Jelaing said that at present, the first three sets of trains delivered are undergoing a testing and commissioning process at the KTMB Central Workshop in Batu Gajah.

“This will take three months because it has to go through strict and rigorous procedures in terms of technical and security.

“The (testing of the) first set of SCS is scheduled for commissioning and will be used for the KTM commuter services in January 2012,” said Jelaing.

He added that with the commissioning of the SCS, the KTM commuter services are expected to be more frequent especially during peak hours.

“The new SCS will shorten the wait period to seven and a half minutes at peak hours and 15 minutes during off-peak hours.

“This is better compared to the present system where the waiting period is 15 minutes during peak hours and 30 minutes during off-peak hours,” said Jelaing.

He added that the new SCS will also double its passenger transport rate compared to the present sets.