The green light has finally been given for the Kuala Lumpur-Padang Besar Electric Train Service (ETS)The Star reported today that trains on the service will start running from tomorrow, July 10, well in time for the Hari Raya balik kampung rush.

According to the publication, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said for the initial phase the service will ply the 329 km-long route twice daily, but this will be expanded in the near future.

“We have ordered 10 sets of the electric trains, and once they are ready, the frequency will increase,” he told reporters after sampling a test run of the service from Batu Gajah to Kuala Kangsar. A ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Padang Besar will cost RM81.

The service was originally slated by KTM to begin running on July 1 (ahead of its planned September deployment), but up to the end of last week the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) said it had not yet given the green light for the line to begin operating because the commission had not finished inspecting the Chinese-made ETS trains and the double tracks of the route. Looks like it has now.