The Kelana Jaya Light Rail Transit (LRT) line will undergo RM800 million upgradation and modernisation works in Malaysia. The fully automated Klang Valley line has been operational since 1998. The modernisation project will include level four maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the 28 sets of 818 series trains. This is expected to be crucial in extending the traincars’ lifespan.
Additionally, the Ministry of Transport (MoT) will also receive a delivery of 19 new types of trains for the Kelana Jaya route in Q4 of 2023. During the six-months maintenance period, the operational frequency of the Kelana Jaya train will be four-minutes, instead of the current 2.5 minutes.
In May 2022, there were four incidents on the line, due to emergency brakes and brake calliper damage, causing significant disruption of the Kelana Jaya LRT service. According to MoT’s data, majority of the disruption on the Kelana Jaya LRT is due to tachometer issues which accounts for almost 47 per cent of the total cases. Additionally, faulty electronic units account for 32 per cent of total disruption while antenna issues account for six per cent of total cases.
In line with this, Prasarana Malaysia Bhd (Prasarana), the owner of Kelana Jaya, also plans to replace 140 tachometers on the line in a RM5 million project. In addition, multiple buses will be stationed at key and strategic stations including Bangsar and Pasar Seni, which will be deployed in the case of an emergency if the rail service is delayed for more than 15 minutes.