KTM West Coast railway line

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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 the 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]

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  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 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
 1  Bukit Mertajam-Padang Rengas route
Salak Utara Closed and demolished
Sungai Siput Sungai Siput, Perak  ETS  ETS Line
Chemor Closed and demolished. Freights only.
Tasek Ipoh, Perak
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, Malaysia, 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  Sungai Buloh–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  Sungai Buloh–Kajang Line
KL 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  Sungai Buloh–Kajang Line
Serdang 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 to Malacca state

 1  Seremban Line
 ETS  ETS Line
Express train KTM Intercity
Batang Melaka Batang Melaka, 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
Segamat Segamat, Muar and Tangkak,
Johor
Express train KTM Intercity
Genuang Genuang, Johor
Tenang Tenang, Johor Closed
Labis Labis, Johor
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
Rengam Renggam, Johor Express train KTM Intercity
Layang-Layang Layang-Layang, Johor Express train KTM Intercity
Chamek Chamek, Johor Express train KTM Intercity
Kulai Kulai and Pontian, Johor Senai International Airport Express train KTM Intercity
Kempas Baru Kempas, Johor. Express train KTM Intercity
Danga City Mall Johor Bahru, Johor Danga City Mall Closed
JB 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)

Services[edit]

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

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.[3]

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 25kV 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State Railway of Thailand". 
  2. ^ "Keretapi Tanah Melayu". 
  3. ^ "(untitled)". Portal Ramsi Kementerian Pengangkutan; Ministry of Transport. [dead link]