Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai has announced the government’s plan to upgrade the Electric Train Service (ETS) with WiFI and new coaches, besides extending its service to Hatyai, Thailand.
Liow said in a statement yesterday that his ministry gave full support to public requests for WiFI to be installed on ETS trains but did not mention the exact date of implementation.
The minister said 10 more coaches were being ordered by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) to cater for increase in ETS passengers lately.
KTM has 38 ETS trains with six coaches each but can only accommodate up to 300 passengers, which is not sufficient to meet the demand.
On the average, about 6,000 people travelled on the ETS Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh-Padang Besar route every day, while the number doubles on weekends and public holidays when there are four extra daily services.
Liow’s ministry is working closely with the Thai government to expand the ETS line from Padang Besar to Hatyai city by the year 2020.
“ETS users were happy with the current service and the railway stations with up-to-date facilities.”