Malaysia: MRT2 line given go ahead for final alignment

Malaysia, Slider 23 Oct 2015
Malaysia: MRT2 line given go ahead for final alignment

The Klang Valley MRT project’s second line will reach out to two million potential users as line given final approval.

Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) will proceed with the construction of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line railway scheme (MRT2) now that it has been given final approval from the government.

In a press release today, MRT Corp said it received a letter from Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) informing of the final approval, which contains, among others, the final alignment and station locations of the MRT2 line.

The approval is given pursuant to Section 84 of the Land Public Transport Act 2010, whereby the Railway Scheme was signed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.

The final approval comes after the completion of the three-month public inspection of the proposed MRT2 line between May 15 and Aug 17.

The final alignment saw some minor tweaking at two locations at Kuchai Lama and Sungai Besi to minimise the impact from land acquisition and to enable optimal usage of the remaining land after acquisition.

An additional elevated station will be constructed near Technology Park Malaysia (TPM) between stations S25 at Sungai Besi and S26 at Serdang Raya North.

Besides serving TPM, this new station’s catchment area will also include many future development projects in the Sungai Besi area.

“The increase in the area of coverage with this additional station will result in an increase in ridership levels,” MRT Corp said.

With this additional station, the MRT2 line will now have 37 stations. Of these, 25 stations will be elevated stations, 11 stations will be underground, and one will be “half-sunken” where it will be built on the ground below the current level.

With the MRT2 line, people living along the alignment will get direct and efficient access to the Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur. It will also integrate with the future Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail.

The overall length of the final alignment remains unchanged at 52.2km, of which 38.7km will elevated and 13.5km will be underground. The underground section of the alignment will be between Jalan Ipoh and Kuchai Lama.

MRT Corp said phase one of the MRT2 line between Sungai Buloh and Kampung Batu is expected to be operational by July 2021, while the remaining section between Kampung Batu and Putrajaya Sentral will be operational under phase two by July 2022.

MRT2 line is expected to have a ridership of more than 500,000 passengers daily when it is fully operational in July 2022.

For the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line (MRT1 line), MRT Corp said phase one will begin operations by the end of 2016, while the remainder of the line will begin operations under phase two by July 31, 2017.

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