ECRL's Mentakab-Port Klang alignment finalised: Anthony Loke

PORT KLANG (Oct 23): Alignment for the proposed 640km East Coast Rail Link's (ECRL) section C, which links Mentakab in Pahang to Port Klang in Selangor, has been finalised.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said he will approve the alignment in the next few days.

“The proposal for final alignment has been finalised. It will come to my desk, in fact, I think it's already there, and I will sign it in the next few days,” Loke told reporters here today after launching the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) Masterplan.

“PKFZ will continue to be given attention by the government and that is why alignment of the ECRL must be connected to Port Klang,” he said.

Loke said that after he approves the alignment, the proposal will go through a public display for three months before construction begins.

“The proposal will go through public display for the next few months and the new ECRL alignment will change the landscape of Port Klang and PKFZ,” he said.

According to ECRL project and asset owner Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd's website, the 640km ECRL will link Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang to Negeri Sembilan, Selangor and Putrajaya to spur growth of the corridor along the alignment.

"The passenger trains will travel at 160km/h, cutting travel time from Kota Bharu to Putrajaya (to) approximately 4 hours, allowing for a more comfortable yet convenient travelling experience between the east and west coasts. The ECRL project is expected to be completed by end of 2026," Malaysia Rail Link said.

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