Ecrl Track Installation To Start Tomorrow
The 665km East Coast Rail Link connecting Kota Bharu, Kelantan, and the Klang Valley is scheduled for completion in January 2027. (Bernama pic)KUANTAN: The installation of the first track for the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project will begin tomorrow, three years before the 665km railway line that connects the east coast and the west coast in the peninsula starts operating in January 2027.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, is scheduled to officiate the installation of the first ECRL track at the Section 10 ECRL station site in Gebeng here.
Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) regional construction manager (Pahang) Khairi Khalid Abdul Rahman had been quoted as saying in May that the installation of the first track would involve the 90km route from Gebeng to Dungun, Terengganu, and is expected to be completed in three to four months.
The installation is expected to proceed at a rate of 1.5km a day.
Gebeng is the first location since the materials used, including diesel locomotives made by CRRC Ziyang, China, to launch the installation process, were brought to Malaysia using cargo docked at Kuantan Port.
The ECRL is a project owned by MRL, which is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) company wholly owned by the Minister of Finance Incorporated, while China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC) is the project’s engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning contractor.
The ECRL, which starts in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, and ends in the Klang Valley, will connect major cities and towns as well as improve the public transport system in the rural areas in all four states that it passes through.
The construction is divided into three sections – Section A from Kota Bharu to Dungun, Section B from Dungun to Mentakab, Pahang, and Section C from Mentakab to Port Klang, with a total of 20 stations and 40 tunnels.
With the passenger trains travelling at a speed of 160km per hour and the freight trains at 80km per hour, the travelling time from Kelantan to the Klang Valley will be cut to about four hours, compared to seven hours by road currently. - FMT
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