Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mid Valley LRT link

Mid Valley LRT link (Malay Mail)

Abdullah Hukum station to be transport hub linking KL Eco City

Friday, June 17, 2011

The proposed integration of LRT Abdullah Hukum station and KTM Komuter station to complement KL Eco City development. (Source: SP Setia Berhad website)

KUALA LUMPUR: IN two years' time, it will become convenient to also take the LRT to the Mid Valley complex as a new development is coming up to link this area to the Abdullah Hukum LRT station.
A new Komuter train station will also be built alongside the present LRT station in 2013 to complement the new mega mixed-development project known as KL Eco City (KLEC).

It is learnt both rail stations will serve as a link between the two rail systems for the KLEC and Mid Valley City.

Further, it is further learnt KLEC will also have a station on the proposed third MRT line, which is expected to be completed in about a decade's time.

This means that Mid Valley commuters, so long deprived of the LRT service, will be able to use the system via a pedestrian link to Abdullah Hukum and also gain access to several other rail links.

KTM Bhd president Dr Aminuddin Adnan has confirmed a new train station will be built by the KL Eco City developer SP Setia Bhd and it was expected to be completed over the next two years.

“We had a meeting recently with the developer on the proposed station to complement the new mega development and we have agreed to have a new Komuter station soon alongside Abdullah Hukum LRT station,” he told The Malay Mail yesterday.

The current Angkasapuri train station, which is only a kilometre away, would remain for Pantai Dalam residents and office workers there. The new station means commuters from Klang will be able to get to Mid Valley directly.

Commuters from the south - Kajang and Seremban inclusive - can already travel to Mid Valley directly now as a KTM Komuter station is already operational there.

Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (Prasarana) group managing director Shahril Mokhtar welcomed the Abdullah Hukum rail station integration at Jalan Bangsar.

“I totally support the decision to build a new train station beside the LRT station since it will contribute to a lot of commuter movements and offer better ridership for public transport in the coming years.”

He said future integrated transport terminal like Abdullah Hukum and later Subang Jaya, with LRT and KTM services too, would augur well for better public transportation service in the Klang Valley.

Stating that LRT Abdullah Hukum station now records the lowest ridership and has been underutilised over the years, Shahril said: “We are ready to extend our assistance for the two-station combination and I am enthusiastic it would encourage more seamless integration and ease the transfer congestion at KL Sentral.”

Meanwhile, KL Mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail said high-accessibility for public transport was part of development condition imposed by City Hall for the KLEC project.

"Before City Hall gave the development approval five months ago, we had set strict guidelines which include good public transport networks must be accessible with the area."

The Abdullah Hukum rail stations integration would offer a new perspective in the city’s mobility with the much awaited rail-to-rail and bus-to-rail transfers, especially in Bangsar, Pantai Dalam, Mid Valley and KLEC.

KLEC is an urban redevelopment joint-venture project between S P Setia and City Hall on a 20-acre plot located opposite Mid Valley City.

The project would include four high-rise office towers, four condominium blocks, a serviced apartment block and 12 blocks of boutique office.