The long awaited Electric Train Service (ETS) plying between Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur and Seremban is expected to start at the end of July. However, the “exact date is subject to confirmation,” said Encik Zainal Rashid bin Zakaria, KTM Ipoh (South) Operations Executive. “The trial runs are almost completed. After minor fine tuning the service should start in the second half of July”, added Zainal.
The ETS, which became possible following the construction of a dual-tracking system, will operate eight return trips daily between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur.
There are two types of services. The Express Service will take one hour and 50 minutes and will make six stops between Ipoh and KL Sentral. The scheduled stops are Batu Gajah, Kampar, Tanjung Malim, Kuala Lumpur and KL Sentral, while the Transit Service will stop at all the stations along the way and the journey will take two hours and 15 minutes. The current travel time between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur is two hours 50 minutes.
The full journey from Ipoh to Seremban will take 3 hours. Each train set will consist of 6 coaches with a seating capacity of 350 passengers. The top speed of the train set is 140 kph. The train schedules and fares to the various destinations will be announced later.