ECRL complements existing railway network, says Transport Minister

Published on 11 Aug 2020 2:42:27 PM

The resumption of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project will complement the existing railway network system in the country, said Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong.

The Transport Minister told the Dewan Rakyat when replying to Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (PH-Kulim Bandar Baru) during the Minister’s Question Time on Tuesday, adding that the project will also benefit East Coast states, especially in reducing the travel time to the capital.

To the original question by Ahmad Fadhli Shaari (PAS-Pasir Mas) on when the direct train service from Tumpat via Pasir Mas, Tanah Merah, Kelantan to Kuala Lumpur and vice versa would be resumed after being suspended in 2014, the Transport Minister said the priority is given to the repair and upgrading of the railway network for the Gemas-Tumpat route, which was badly affected by the massive floods in 2014.

Dr Wee said the government had allocated RM874.7 million to repair railway infrastructure and assets in the East Coast sector.