Rapid KL has announced the extension of the morning and evening peak hours for both the Ampang and Sri Petaling LRT lines. This comes as the services for the lines are still facing disruption following the discovery of a kink on the track near the Bandaraya station, leading to the closure of some services for safety reasons.
The extended peak hours are in force as of 30 January, from 6AM to 10.30AM and 4.30PM to 8.30PM compared to the previous hours of 7AM to 9.30AM and 5PM to 7.30PM respectively. The change is to accommodate affected commuters as well as reduce congestion at several stations, particularly Masjid Jamek and Hang Tuah.
On weekdays, the frequency for the Ampang and Sri Petaling LRT lines will be every five minutes for the CBD and every 10 minutes outside the CBD area during peak hours. The frequency will then go down to six minutes and 12 minutes respectively outside of peak hours, with the same schedule on weekends.
Rapid KL said they are also adding more free shuttle busses for the affected stations, totalling 34 buses with a frequency of 10 minutes. The buses will service stations on both lines between Hang Tuah and Masjid Jamek as well as the stations between Bandaraya and Sentul Timur.
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As of Friday, the LRT has not been running between Bandaraya and Masjid Jamek after a kink on the track was found, which Rapid KL believes to have been caused by cracks on the main pillar due to nearby construction. Following the discovery, the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD) recommended to DBKL that they suspend all construction activities in the area as they were being done without having consulted with the agency.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke said during the weekend that his ministry is still waiting for a full report on the track’s structural damage. Until Rapid KL engineers properly assess the issues, Loke said he cannot give assurance on when operations will go back to normal.
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