22 March 2018
Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL), operator of KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit services, unveiled its latest KLIA Ekspres train with a new livery based on songket motifs. After the unveiling, Malaysia’s Minister of Transport Liow Tiong Lai got the chance to drive the new train from KLIA to Salak Tinggi station.
The latest livery blends traditional songket motifs like Pucuk Rebung, Tapak Sulaiman, and Bunga Pecah Lapan with vibrant splashes of color, producing a contemporary design that is supposed to represent the innovative spirit of the company.
Joining Liow on the train ride was Executive Chairman of ERL, Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh, Francis Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL Corporation Berhad and CRRC Changchun President, An Zhongyi.
ERL bought six new trains from Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. Ltd to accommodate rising demand and improve passenger comfort. All six trains have been delivered to ERL and will be in use this month onwards as ERL increases its frequency on KLIA Transit during peak hours.
Yeoh said, "We are very proud of all our unsung heroes in YTL's ERL team. Since 2002, 88 million passengers have trusted us with this service. We have a punctuality record of 99.7%, one of the best in the world.
"The existing trains have travelled a total of 7 million kilometers – equivalent to travelling 160 times round the globe or 10 times to the moon and back.
"We have now invested on these new trains so that they will be able to carry up to 200 million passengers over the next few years. The team is expected and entrusted to keep this punctuality record of 99.7% and I know they will."
Mohd Nadzmi in his speech said, "The six new trains will increase ERL's total capacity by 50% and allow ERL to offer a more efficient service and cater to our growing ridership, which has increased notably since the opening of klia2 in 2014."
Travelers can now expect less waiting time as train departures will be improved to every 15 minutes during morning and evening peak hours on weekdays from the current 20-minute intervals, putting it on par with the KLIA Ekspres service.
Original Source: enterpriseinnovation