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Improvement of LRT operations: Five short-term measures implemented — Wee

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 24): Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana) has implemented five short-term measures from the 23 proposals aimed at improving the operations of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Kelana Jaya line following the collision of two trains in May.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the five measures recommended by the Ministry of Transport (MOT) investigation committee were completed within the required three-month period as stipulated.

“This included the posting of two hostlers (drivers), with one acting as Safety and Compliance Officer, for all manual train operations within tunnels,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Wee had earlier visited the Rapid Rail Subang Complex and received the latest updates on the implementation of the 23 proposed improvements.

According to him, each driver was now supplied with high-powered flashlights and checklists provided by the Operation Control Centre (OCC) for manual operation and in critical situations.

He said other improvements included the setting up of the Sighting Committee to perform audits on track markers and the Safety Committee to report safety audits to senior management of Prasarana and Rapid Rail.

Wee said that, at the same time, Rapid Rail, as the operator of the Prasarana rail services, also reported good progress in the implementation of 11 medium-term measures, which must be implemented within three to six months.

“We are pleased to announce that 73% of the relevant works have been completed and expected to meet the Dec 9 deadline.

“As for the remaining seven long-term measures, Prasarana is working with its stakeholders and relevant authorities such as the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD) to implement them progressively as some of it requires additional investment and technical expertise from various quarters,” he said.

Wee was also satisfied with Prasarana’s performance in driving Rapid Rail to implement additional improvements, including limiting the maximum speed of any trains that are driven manually to 20 km per hour and increasing the frequency of competency training for hostlers and control executives.

Additional measures put in place included increasing the Manual Route Reservation (Automatic Train Protection) and adding the Buffer Zone (Automatic Train Protection) to protect any trains that lose their communication signals so that other approaching trains will stop at a further distance.

In the May 24 incident, two LRT trains on the Kelana Jaya line collided in an underground tunnel between the Kampung Baru and KLCC stations. One train had just the driver while the other had 213 passengers, with 47 suffering serious injuries and 166 sustaining minor injuries in the crash.

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