Special brake system checks for RapidKL Kelana Jaya line LRTs

Special brake system checks for RapidKL Kelana Jaya line LRTs
RapidKL Kelana Jaya Line LRT.

PETALING JAYA - Special checks are being conducted on the brake system of trains on the RapidKL Kelana Jaya Line following a spate of service interruptions in recent weeks.

Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Khairani Mohamed said additional technicians would be on hand to ensure a swift response.

"As we do not foresee that we will be able to resolve this matter in the near future, we have decided to conduct special checks on the brake systems on shorter intervals and deploy additional roving technicians on the ground so that we can respond promptly in the event of service interruption," he said in a statement.

Khairani gave an assurance that the safety of passengers was not compromised.

"The train will not move in the event of brake failure," he said.

Khairani said the ongoing interruptions to the brake system had badly affected the availability of four-car trains, resulting in lower train capacity during peak hours and a longer waiting time for some commuters.

The latest service interruption occurred in the afternoon of Feb 24 when the brake system of one LRT train failed near the Abdullah Hukum station, causing a 90-minute service delay.

A similar incident occurred on Feb 10 during the evening rush hour, resulting in a 2.5-hour disruption.

Khairani said Rapid Rail had been engaging with the train and brake system suppliers, Bombardier and Knorr Brake Company, respectively since last year.

He said they had yet to determine the cause of the problem but that the cause was likely due to the system design rather than maintenance.

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