ECRL progress now at 64% – Port Klang-Kota Bharu link ready by end-2026, operational from Jan 2027

ECRL progress now at 64% – Port Klang-Kota Bharu link ready by end-2026, operational from Jan 2027

According to a report by Bernama, the transport ministry is confident that the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) will be completed on time in December 2026 and will be operational from January 2027.

Transport minister Anthony Loke revealed the project has now reached the 64% completion mark as of March 2024. When operational, the line, which traverses four states (Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Selangor) will allow commuters to enjoy a four-hour travel time between Kota Bharu and Kuala Lumpur compared to a seven-hour journey by car.

“The ECRL project has entered a new construction phase since 2023 with infrastructure works to include the installation of flyover beams, track installation, and the construction of stations and railway depots. There are more than 1,900 work sites and almost 650 are active along this 665-km national infrastructure project,” said Loke.

He added that excavation works have reached a depth of more than 8 km of the 16.39-km long twin-bore Genting Tunnel using a combination of drill and blast method and tunnel boring machine. “We expect to break through the Genting Tunnel in the second quarter of 2025, making it the longest rail tunnel in Asia,” Loke commented.

Meanwhile, bridge works are making good progress with the installation of viaduct beams for 155 bridges out of the total 219 as of February 2024. Loke also reported that installation works of the 92-km track for the first phase was completed end-February 2024, a month ahead of schedule.

“The second phase of the 97-km works are expected to be completed in June 2024, after which track installation works can be carried out between the Dungun and Kota Bharu stretch,” said Loke. “The electrification system will be installed as early as May this year in the Cherating Station area in Pahang, followed by locations where track installation has been completed,” he added.

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Comments

  • newme on Apr 03, 2024 at 10:10 am

    This project is so unnecessary. It just giving more opportunities for Kelantan folks to come and mess up KV.

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    • warganegara on Apr 03, 2024 at 11:52 am

      what’s wrong with them coming to KV? We welcome people from abroad, but we discriminate against our people.

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      • newme on Apr 03, 2024 at 1:42 pm

        These people just want to turn the place back to the hellhole they are escaping in the first place.

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      • Lets See on Apr 03, 2024 at 4:52 pm

        Too much racism & discrimination from city people.

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    • Rafizi sembang kencang on Apr 03, 2024 at 2:00 pm

      Lol, the most nonsense comment on internet right now

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    • Izham on Apr 03, 2024 at 10:47 pm

      Better than some mainland kiasus coming into the country.

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  • Nurul Izzah on Apr 03, 2024 at 2:01 pm

    Anwar menang, ECRL siap

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  • fudgemesideways on Apr 03, 2024 at 4:21 pm

    Improve Sekolah Kebangsaan la, have you seen their condition? We have futuristic and modern LRT station, spend billions on rail line, but our children go to dilapidated schools.

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    • عمران on Apr 04, 2024 at 11:34 pm

      This is correct, you should educate, give awareness, Islamic education is low, you have to appear before Allah, the world will be destroyed, what will you do to make all this happen?

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  • Hafiz Hisham on Apr 03, 2024 at 5:54 pm

    Tenkiu PM Najib for helping to improve our dismal transportation and with this project we can be competitive again in the trade & commerce market. Too bad I see it is PH that are taking all the credits from your hard work driving to make this happen.

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