20 January 2012
The development of the Express Rail Link (ERL) linking the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the klia2 is on scheduled and will be ready when the new airport opens in April next year.
Twenty-five per cent of the work on the RM100 million ERL project has been done and it will be completed by the end of October.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha, who visited the project site near the Bunga Raya Complex yesterday, said the ERL’s passengers is expected to increase two-fold.
ERL has served more than 37 million passengers since it started operations 10 years ago
"Many travellers to the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) find it difficult to use the ERL service due to the lack of connectivity between KLIA and LCCT.
"When the LCCT is moved to klia2, we believe the ERL will the main transport of choice for travellers," Kong told a press conference at the Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur Airport Hotel.
Also present were ERL chief executive officer Noormah Mohd Noor and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAB) senior general manager (operations) Datuk Azmi Murad.
A new ERL station will be housed within the Integrated Complex, which is adjoined to the main terminal building of KLIA.
The complex will accommodate all public transport serving KLIA including ERL’s KLIA Ekspress and KLIA Transit.
Kong also praised ERL’s track record, with an average on-time service performance of 99.83 per cent.
"This is a respectable performance for any train service at airports anywhere. I have also seen for myself ERL’s scheduled maintenance work, which has allowed for the trains to be in excellent condition despite having been in use for 10 years."
Kong suggested that the ERL service be extended around the clock to accommodate travelers coming in on late night flights.
ERL train services are currently unavailable between 1am and 4am.
ERL is the operator of KLIA Ekspress and KLIA Transit, high-speed train services connecting KLIA and the Kuala Lumpur city centre.
The KLIA Ekspres service takes 28 minutes non-stop and operates at 15-minute intervals during peak hours and every 20 minutes during off peak hours. It can take up to 156 passengers.
The KLIA Transit is a commuter service that stops at three intermediate stations — Bandar Tasik Selatan, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya, and Salak Tinggi — with a journey time of 35 minutes at 30-minute frequencies. It can accommodate up to 350 passengers.
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