KTM West Coast railway line

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KTM West Coast Line
km
km
157.8
Padang Besar
Padang Besar yard
Padang Besar
depot
Bukit Ketri
138.8
Arau
128.4
Perlis
Kedah
border
Kodiang
120.3
Anak Bukit yard
Anak Bukit
97.8
Alor Setar
89.6
Tokai Yard
79.1
Kobah
72.0
Gurun
54.7
Sungai Petani yard
Sungai Petani
33.3
Kedah
Penang
border
Tasek Gelugor
15.3
010.2
Bukit Mertajam
Bukit Mertajam depot
Simpang Ampat
20.6
Bukit Tengah
depot
Nibong Tebal
34.0
007.2
Bukit Tengah
Penang
Perak
border
Prai Yard
Parit Buntar
40.3
Parit Buntar yard
000.0
Butterworth
Bagan Serai
50.7
North Butterworth
Container Terminal
Bukit Merah
closed
63.7
Kamunting
89.0
Taiping
94.3
Padang Rengas
113.8
Kuala Kangsar
122.5
Sungai Siput
143.7
Kanthan
Freight Terminal
Chemor
155.3
Tasek
166.9
Ipoh
181.0
Falim Depot
Lahat
187.5
Batu Gajah
195.0
Batu Gajah
Central Depot
197.0
Kota Bharu
201.0
Kampar
218.0
Tapah Road
233.5
Sungkai
257.5
Slim River
281.7
Behrang
293.0
Tanjung Malim
300.5
Kuala Kubu Bharu
332.6
Rasa
333.4
Batang Kali
335.7
347.1
Serendah
Serendah
Freight Terminal
Rawang
EMU Depot
Batu Caves
355.5
Rawang
Kuang
Taman Wahyu
Sungai Buloh–Kajang line Sungai Buloh
Kampung Batu
Kepong Sentral
Batu Cantonment
Sentul EMU Depot
Kepong
Segambut
Sentul Works (Depot)
Sentul
Batu Junction
Rapid KL Putra
Rapid KL Bank Negara
Sungai Buloh–Kajang line BSicon ICTS.svg Kuala Lumpur
Sungai Buloh–Kajang line Express Rail Link KLIA Transit KL Monorail KL Sentral
Bangsar Junction
(Port Swettenham Junction)
Abdullah Hukum
Mid Valley
Angkasapuri
Seputeh
Pantai Dalam
Salak Selatan
Petaling
Bandar Tasik
Selatan
Sri Petaling Line KLIA Transit
Jalan Templer
Serdang
Kampung Dato Harun
Kajang Sungai Buloh–Kajang line
Seri Setia
Kajang 2
(
planned
& future
)
BRT Sunway Line Setia Jaya
UKM
BSicon ICTS.svg Subang Jaya
Bangi
Batang Benar
Glenmarie Halt
(future)
Nilai
Sri Subang Halt
(future)
Labu
Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport Terminal Skypark
Tiroi
Batu Tiga
Seremban
EMU Depot
Shah Alam
Seremban
Padang Jawa
Bukit Badak
Senawang
Klang Depot
Sungai Gadut
Klang
Rembau
Teluk Pulai
Teluk Gadong
Pulau Sebang/Tampin
Kampung Raja Uda
Batang Melaka
Jalan Kastam
yard
Jalan
Kastam
Gemas
Northport
Port Klang
EMU Depot
depot
Batu Anam
(closed)
Port Klang International Passenger Terminal
Port Klang
Segamat
Genuang
Pulau Indah yard
Tenang
(undergoing rebuilding)
Westports
Labis
Bekok
Paloh (undergoing rebuilding)
Chamek
Kluang
Mengkibol
Rengam
Layang-Layang
Sedenak
Kulai
Senai
(planned)
Skudai Goods
Skudai Junction
Tanjung Pelepas Goods
Kempas Baru
Port of
Tanjung Pelepas
Pasir Gudang Port
Danga City Mall
(closed)
Johor Bahru Sentral
Woodlands
Train Checkpoint
Bukit Timah
(closed)
Tanjong Pagar
(closed)

The West Coast railway line runs from Padang Besar railway station close to the Malaysia–Thailand border in Perlis (where it connects with the State Railway of Thailand) to Woodlands Train Checkpoint in Singapore. It is called the West Coast railway line because it serves the West Coast states of Peninsular Malaysia.

The 1,151-kilometre line is busier than the East Coast railway line because the West Coast railway line handles a variety of passenger train services such as the KTM ETS services, the KTM Intercity services, the International Express, the KTM Komuter in the Klang Valley and Greater Penang, and freight trains. Of this total length, 759 km is double-tracked and electrified.

The major stations on the line include KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth in Butterworth, Penang and JB Sentral in the south in Johor Bahru.

Line network[edit]

Main trunk line[edit]

The West Coast main trunk line stretches from Padang Besar on the Malaysia-Thailand border to Woodlands Train Checkpoint in Singapore.

The main trunk line is double-tracked and electrified from Padang Besar to Gemas. From Gemas to the Woodlands Train Checkpoint, the line is single-tracked and not electrified. Loops at stations allow trains to pass. Double tracking and electrification works are currently being carried out.

The West Coast railway line connects with the State Railway of Thailand at Padang Besar, while the East Coast line branches off at Gemas.

Branch lines[edit]

The West Coast railway line includes several branch lines from the main trunk line, namely:

The Bukit Mertajam Junction to Butterworth, Batu Junction to Batu Caves, Port Klang Junction to Port Klang station, as well as the branch lines to Terminal Skypark and Northport are double tracked and electrified.

The line from Port Klang to Westport and its shipping terminals, as well as the branch lines between Skudai Junction and the Port of Tanjung Pelepas and the Kempas Baru and Pasir Gudang are single lines and not electrified.

There are also branch lines where the tracks exist but are not used for any service or closed are:

None of these disused branch lines are double tracked nor electrified.

Stations[edit]

Main Trunk Line[edit]

Station names Serving cities Major landmarks Remarks
(Continue to Thai Railway)
Padang Besar Padang Besar, Perlis  ETS  ETS Line
 2  Padang Besar-Butterworth route
Bukit Ketri Bukit Ketri, Perlis  2  Padang Besar-Butterworth route
Arau Arau, Perlis
Pulau Langkawi, Kedah
 ETS  ETS Line
 2  Padang Besar-Butterworth route
Kodiang Kodiang, Kedah  2  Padang Besar-Butterworth route
Tunjang Closed and demolished
Anak Bukit Anak Bukit, Kedah  ETS  ETS Line
 2  Padang Besar-Butterworth route
Alor Setar Alor Star, Kedah  ETS  ETS Line
 2  Padang Besar-Butterworth route
Kobah Pendang, Kedah  2  Padang Besar-Butterworth route
Ladang Jenun Closed and demolished
Gurun Gurun, Kedah  ETS  ETS Line
 2  Padang Besar-Butterworth route
Sungai Petani Sungai Petani, Kedah  ETS  ETS Line
 2  Padang Besar-Butterworth route
Pinang Tunggal Closed and demolished
Tasek Gelugor Tasek Gelugor, Penang  ETS  ETS Line
 2  Padang Besar-Butterworth route
Penanti Closed and demolished
Simpang Ampat Simpang Ampat, Penang  1  Bukit Mertajam-Padang Rengas route
Nibong Tebal Nibong Tebal, Penang  ETS  ETS Line
 1  Bukit Mertajam-Padang Rengas route
Parit Buntar Parit Buntar, Perak  ETS  ETS Line
 1  Bukit Mertajam-Padang Rengas route
Bagan Serai Bagan Serai, Perak  ETS  ETS Line
 1  Bukit Mertajam-Padang Rengas route
Bukit Merah Bukit Merah, Perak Bukit Merah Laketown Resort Closed and demolished
Pondok Tanjung Closed and demolished
Kamunting Kamunting, Perak  1  Bukit Mertajam-Padang Rengas route
Taiping Taiping, Perak  ETS  ETS Line
 1  Bukit Mertajam-Padang Rengas route
Bukit Berapit Closed and demolished
Padang Rengas Padang Rengas, Perak  ETS  ETS Line
 1  Bukit Mertajam-Padang Rengas route
Kuala Kangsar Kuala Kangsar, Perak  ETS  ETS Line
Salak Utara Closed and demolished
Sungai Siput Sungai Siput, Perak  ETS  ETS Line
Chemor Closed and demolished. Freights only.
Tanjung Rambutan Tanjung Rambutan, Perak Closed.
Tasek Ipoh, Perak  ETS  ETS Line
Ipoh Ipoh, Perak  ETS  ETS Line
Lahat Lahat, Perak Freights only
Batu Gajah Batu Gajah, Perak  ETS  ETS Line
Kota Bharu Batu Gajah, Perak Freights only
Kampar Kampar, Perak  ETS  ETS Line
Tapah Road Tapah Road, Perak  ETS  ETS Line
Sungkai Sungkai, Perak  ETS  ETS Line
Slim River Slim River, Perak  ETS  ETS Line
Behrang Behrang, Perak  ETS  ETS Line
Tanjung Malim Tanjung Malim, Perak 2 Port Klang Line
 ETS  ETS Line
Kuala Kubu Bharu Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
 ETS  ETS Line
Rasa Rasa, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
Batang Kali Batang Kali, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
 ETS  ETS Line
Serendah Serendah, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
Rawang Rawang, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
 ETS  ETS Line
Kuang Kuang, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
Sungai Buloh Sungai Buloh, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
 ETS  ETS Line

Interchange with
9 Kajang Line
Kepong Sentral Kepong, Kuala Lumpur 2 Port Klang Line
 ETS  ETS Line
Kepong Kepong, Kuala Lumpur 2 Port Klang Line
Segambut Segambut, Kuala Lumpur 2 Port Klang Line
Putra Kuala Lumpur 1 Seremban Line
2 Port Klang Line
Bank Negara Kuala Lumpur 1 Seremban Line
2 Port Klang Line
Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur 1 Seremban Line
2 Port Klang Line
 ETS  ETS Line

Interchange with
5 Kelana Jaya Line
9 Kajang Line
Kuala Lumpur Sentral Kuala Lumpur Central interchange with all intercity and commuter trains, rapid transit, monorail and airport rail link
1 2 5 6 7 8 9 10  ETS 
Mid Valley Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur 1 Seremban Line
Seputeh Seputeh, Kuala Lumpur 1 Seremban Line
Salak Selatan Salak South, Kuala Lumpur 1 Seremban Line
Bandar Tasik Selatan Bandar Tasik Selatan and Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur 1 Seremban Line
 ETS  ETS Line

Interchange with
4 Sri Petaling Line
7 KLIA Transit
Serdang Seri Kembangan, Kuala Lumpur 1 Seremban Line
Kajang Kajang, Selangor 1 Seremban Line
 ETS  ETS Line

Interchange with
9 Kajang Line
UKM UKM and Bangi, Selangor 1 Seremban Line
Bangi Bangi, Selangor 1 Seremban Line
Batang Benar Batang Benar, Negeri Sembilan 1 Seremban Line
Nilai Nilai, Negeri Sembilan 1 Seremban Line
Labu Labu, Negeri Sembilan 1 Seremban Line
Tiroi Labu, Negeri Sembilan 1 Seremban Line
Seremban Seremban, Kuala Pilah and Port Dickson,
Negeri Sembilan
1 Seremban Line
 ETS  ETS Line
Senawang Senawang, Negeri Sembilan 1 Seremban Line
Sungai Gadut Sungai Gadut, Negeri Sembilan 1 Seremban Line
Rembau Rembau, Negeri Sembilan 1 Seremban Line
Pulau Sebang/Tampin Pulau Sebang, Melaka City and Alor Gajah, Malacca

&
Tampin, Negeri Sembilan

Melaka Heritage City Main station serving Malacca

1 Seremban Line
 ETS  ETS Line
Express train KTM Intercity
Batang Melaka Batang Melaka and Jasin, Malacca Nearest Station to Jasin

 ETS  ETS Line
Express train KTM Intercity
Air Kuning Selatan Closed
Gemas Gemas, Negeri Sembilan Interchange with East Coast railway line

 ETS  ETS Line
Express train KTM Intercity
Batu Anam Express train KTM Intercity
Segamat Segamat, Muar and Tangkak,
Johor
Express train KTM Intercity
Genuang Genuang, Johor Express train KTM Intercity
Tenang Tenang, Johor Express train KTM Intercity
Labis Labis, Johor Express train KTM Intercity
Bekok Bekok, Johor Express train KTM Intercity
Paloh Paloh, Johor Express train KTM Intercity
Chamek Chamek, Johor Express train KTM Intercity
Kluang Kluang, Batu Pahat and Mersing,
Johor
Express train KTM Intercity
Mengkibol Mengkibol, Johor Express train KTM Intercity
Rengam Renggam, Johor Express train KTM Intercity
Layang-Layang Layang-Layang, Johor Express train KTM Intercity
Kulai Kulai and Pontian, Johor Senai International Airport Express train KTM Intercity
Skudai Skudai, Johor Freights only
Tanjung Pelepas Iskandar Puteri, Johor Port of Tanjung Pelepas Freights only
Kempas Baru Kempas, Johor. Express train KTM Intercity
Danga City Mall Johor Bahru, Johor Danga City Mall Closed
Johor Bahru Sentral Johor Bahru, Kota Tinggi and Pontian, Johor

&
Woodlands, Singapore

Southern Integrated Gateway Express train KTM Intercity (Shuttle Tebrau)
Woodlands Train Checkpoint Woodlands, Singapore Express train KTM Intercity (Shuttle Tebrau)

Batu Junction-Batu Caves Branch Line[edit]

Station names Serving cities Major landmarks Remarks
Batu Junction between Segambut and Putra stations (Continue to main West Coast Line)
Sentul Sentul, Kuala Lumpur 1 Seremban Line
Batu Kentonmen Batu Kentonmen and Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur 1 Seremban Line
Kampung Batu Bandar Baru Selayang and Kampung Batu, Kuala Lumpur 1 Seremban Line
Taman Wahyu Taman Wahyu, Kuala Lumpur 1 Seremban Line
Batu Caves Batu Caves, Selangor 1 Seremban Line

Port Klang Junction-Port Klang Branch Line[edit]

Station names Serving cities Major landmarks Remarks
Port Klang (Bangsar) Junction between KL Sentral and Mid Valley stations (Continue to main West Coast Line)
Abdullah Hukum Kampung Haji Abdullah Hukum, Bangsar and Mid Valley City
Kuala Lumpur
2 Port Klang Line

Interchange with
5 Kelana Jaya Line
Angkasapuri Angkasapuri, Kuala Lumpur 2 Port Klang Line
Pantai Dalam Pantai Dalam, Kuala Lumpur 2 Port Klang Line
Petaling Kampung Pasir, Old Klang Road and Taman OUG,
Kuala Lumpur
2 Port Klang Line
Jalan Templer Jalan Templer and Petaling Jaya, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
Kampung Dato Harun Kampung Dato Harun, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
Seri Setia Seri Setia and Sungai Way, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
Setia Jaya Bandar Sunway, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line

Interchange with
B1 BRT Sunway Line
Subang Jaya Subang Jaya, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
10 Skypark Link

Interchange with
5 Kelana Jaya Line
Terminal Skypark Subang Airport, Selangor Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport 10 Skypark Link
Batu Tiga Batu Tiga, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
Shah Alam Seksyen 19, Shah Alam, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
Padang Jawa Padang Jawa, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
Bukit Badak Jalan Bukit Badak, Klang, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
Klang Klang, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
Teluk Pulai Teluk Pulai, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
Teluk Gadong Teluk Gadong, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
Kampung Raja Uda Kampung Raja Uda, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
Jalan Kastam Jalan Kastam, Port Klang, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
Port Klang Port Klang, Selangor 2 Port Klang Line
(Continue to Westport)

Bukit Mertajam Junction-Butterworth Branch Line[edit]

Station names Serving cities Major landmarks Remarks
Bukit Mertajam Junction between Simpang Ampat and Tasek Gelugor stations (Continue to main West Coast Line)
Bukit Mertajam Bukit Mertajam, Penang  1  Bukit Mertajam-Padang Rengas route
 2  Padang Besar-Butterworth route
 ETS  ETS Line
Bukit Tengah Bukit Tengah, Penang  2  Padang Besar-Butterworth route
Perai Perai, Penang Freights only
Butterworth Butterworth, Penang Penang Bridge, Port of Penang  2  Padang Besar-Butterworth route
 ETS  ETS Line

Services[edit]

The West Coast railway line is served by a variety of train services:[1][2][3]

History[edit]

The West Coast railway line was developed in stretches between 1885 with the opening of the Taiping-Port Weld Line, and 1932 when the line opened up to Tanjung Pagar, thus spanning the entire west coast of Peninsular Malaysia from Padang Besar on the Malaysia-Thai border to Singapore. The line began with the construction of branches linking coastal ports with inland tin mining areas before they were gradually linked up by the main truck line running through the interior of the West Coast states of Peninsular Malaysia.

The latest new lines to be built were the branch lines to West Port, North Port, Tanjung Pelepas, Pasir Gudang and the North Butterworth Container Terminal. The trunk line had also seen sections becoming disused, abandoned or even removed, with the latest being the closure and subsequent removal of the southernmost stretch of track between the Woodlands Train Checkpoint and Tanjong Pagar in 2011.

Projects[edit]

Gemas–Johor Bahru electrification and double-tracking[edit]

After many years of announcements about the intention to upgrade the final stretch of single track of the West Coast Line, the Government began the public display exercise for the Gemas–Johor Bahru electrification and double-tracking project on 27 October 2015. The public display exercise, required for all development of new railways under Section 84 of Malaysia's Land Public Transport Act 2010, will run until 27 January 2016.

According to documents on display to the public, construction is expected to begin in 2016 and be completed in 2021.[4]

The length of the line to be electrified and double-tracked is 197 km between Chainage 563.040 at Gemas dan Chainage 754.180 at Johor Bahru. The project includes the construction of 11 stations at Segamat, Genuang, Labis, Bekok, Paloh, Kluang, Mengkibol, Rengam, Layang-Layang, Kulai and Kempas Baru, and 3 future stations at Tenang, Chamek and Senai. The upgraded line is supposed to cater for at least 22 services daily involving KTM ETS, KTM Intercity and shuttle train services.

The documents displayed also stated that the electrification for the stretch will have the same specifications as that of the Seremban-Gemas stretch, name at 25 kV AC 50 Hz single phase and supplied via an overhead catenary. Train operations for this stretch will be integrated with the Train Control Centres at KL Sentral and Gemas. The design speed for the tracks is 160 km/h.

On 11 December 2015, the Chinese company China Railway Construction Company (CRCC) has been awarded to build the Gemas–Johor Bahru electrification and double-tracking project.

Klang Valley Double Track Project[edit]

The project was implemented by Keretapi Tanah Melayu began in 2016 and phase 1 is expected to be completed by 2021.[5] The project entails the rehabilitation of 42 km of tracks between Rawang and Salak Selatan as well as Sentul and Simpang Batu. This will focus on enhancing 16 stations along these routes and upgrade the existing signalling and electrification system.[6] This will be reduced to just seven-and-a-half minutes once the KVDT is completed.[7]

The 42km rehabilitation under Phase I, which are:

  • Phase 1A (Rawang – Simpang Batu)
  • Phase 1B (Kuala Lumpur – Simpang Bangsar)
  • Phase 2 (Simpang Batu – Kuala Lumpur)
  • Phase 3 (Sentul – Simpang Batu)
  • Phase 4 (Simpang Bangsar – Salak Selatan)

Phase II is from Simpang - Pelabuhan Klang and Salak Selatan - Seremban.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State Railway of Thailand".
  2. ^ "Keretapi Tanah Melayu".
  3. ^ Ong, Ryan (2019-09-29). "You Can Now Take a Single-Seater Business Class KTM Train from KL to Perlis! - WORLD OF BUZZ". worldofbuzz.com/. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  4. ^ "(untitled)". Portal Ramsi Kementerian Pengangkutan; Ministry of Transport.[dead link]
  5. ^ "The Klang Valley Double Track Project (KVDT) - Official Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (S.P.A.D.) Website". www.spad.gov.my.
  6. ^ "The Klang Valley Double Track Project (KVDT) - Official Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (S.P.A.D.) Website". www.spad.gov.my. Archived from the original on 6 August 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Phase 1 of KTM Klang Valley Double Track (KVDT) Project is right on schedule for completion in 2019 - Barisan Nasional". www.barisannasional.org.my. Archived from the original on 14 January 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2018.