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Parking problem at the Ipoh Railway Station

Parking Nightmare at Ipoh Railway Station

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A. JeyarajBy A. Jeyaraj

Ipoh Railway Station was deserted for quite some time until the shuttle train service was started between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur about three years ago. When the Electric Train Service with a travelling time of about two hours between the two cities was introduced more than a year ago, it has become the most popular mode of transport. Though the fare is higher than that of the express buses, people prefer to travel by train because it is much safer and comfortable.

Each train has a capacity for more than 300 passengers and there are six services daily in each direction. On the average some 2,000 passengers pass through the station daily on weekdays and the number is higher on weekends. However, there has been no increase in the availability of parking spaces in front of the station. Customers going to the Main Post Office also use this parking area. The parking bays in front of the station are reserved for KTMB staff.

Parking problem at the Ipoh Railway StationThe pickup area is congested. Most of the time there is double parking and at peak times triple parking to pick up the passengers. The pickup area is not properly demarcated. Taxis are parked in front of the area without drivers, causing traffic jams. At any time, cars are parked haphazardly all over the place, making it inconvenient for all drivers.

Shafruddin Nasution, Chairman, Rukun Tettanga, Lim Garden said that he goes to the station frequently to pick up his daughter. He has no choice, but to park illegally. Another regular traveller, K. Sagadevan, Secretary, Malaysian Indian Business Association said that it is convenient for him to travel by train to KL for his business trips, but is frustrated by the congestion. Jessie Tan, an Accounts Manager goes to the station to drop and pick up relatives and said that she always encounters parking problems and has to wait for a long time to get a parking space. She added that taxis are only available when trains arrive; at other times there are no taxis.

 

Parking problem at the Ipoh Railway StationThe road in front of the station is one-way traffic and after dropping off a passenger, if a person has to return to take care of senior citizens boarding the train, then he must drive all the way to the front of SMI School along Jalan S.P. Seenivasagam and make a U-turn. It would be convenient if a mini roundabout is built at the junction of Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab so that motorists can return to the station easily or alternatively an additional lane can be built along this road whereby drivers coming out of the station can turn right and return to the station.

The rear entrance to the station from Regat Tun Perak (Jelf Road) is not being utilised. There is a subway leading to the front of the station. The entrance to the subway is a simple structure with no signboard. People are unfamiliar with this and good signage would be helpful.

There is ample parking space around. Regat Tun Razak is a bypass road and few vehicles use it. Even at Platform1 in the station there is no signboard pointing to the subway. It is essential that KTMB publicise this entrance. Residents staying on the other side of the railway line can use this entrance and avoid the traffic jam. People are wary of using subways and security guards and cameras must be placed at both entrances and it must be well lit.
The minimum taxi fare from the station is RM10. A shuttle bus service should be introduced between Medan Kidd and the station. Also buses travelling along Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab should pass through the station. If there are frequent bus services people would use it and the parking problem would be eased.

The only people who are happy with the situation are the MBI parking attendants who are very prompt in their issuance of summons for vehicles illegally parked.

We have a state-of-art train service, but the infrastructure is lacking. I urge the Mayor to turun padang and see for himself the situation and come up with a permanent solution. To get a true picture he must visit the place without forewarning.

Electric Train Service Starts August 12

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4 August 2010

Electric Train Services, connecting Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur and Seremban,  will begin August 12.

There will be four return trips to Kuala Lumpur and one right up to Seremban daily.

Two of them are express services. The first express services, which leaves Ipoh at 4am, will stop only at Batu Gajah, Kampar. Tanjung Malim, Kuala Lumpur and KL Sentral, while the second express service at 2pm will proceed to Bandar Tasik Selatan, Nilai, and Seremban.

The express services from KL Sentral are at 6.20am , and 6.48pm. The travelling time between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur is one hour and 50 minutes.

The three transit services, scheduled at 5.30am, 11.15am and 6.30pm, will stop at the following stations, Batu Gajah, Kampar, Tapah Road, Sungkai, Slim River, Behrang, Tanjung Malim, Rawang, Kuala Lumpur and KL Sentral.

Leaving KL Sentral at 8.30am, 2pm and 9pm. Travelling time is two hours and 15 minutes.

Each train service consists of six coaches with a seating capacity for 350 passengers.

The one way (Ipoh-KLSentral) ‘promotional fare’ valid for a period of six months is priced at RM30.

JAG


Long Awaited Ipoh-KL Electric Train Service Begins at the End of July

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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.

JAG

Unknown Back Entrance to Ipoh Railway Station

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The shuttle Ipoh-Kuala Lumpur train service has become very popular, making the railway station congested and busy everyday.

Most commuters would use the front entrance, unaware of another entrance from the back of the railway station. As a result, there is an acute parking problem especially during departure and arrival times of the trains.  The problem is aggravated since parking in front of the building is roped off and reserved for KTM staff.

At the back of the station, on the other side of the railway tracks, along Persiaran Tun Perak (Jelf Road), KTM has built a car park adjacent to the subway which leads to the main hall of the station. There is a covered building at the entrance of the subway.

However, virtually no one uses this access. Firstly, not many know the existence of this entrance because there is no signboard. Secondly, even if people are aware of it, they are scared to use it fearing that there may be drug addicts or muggers hiding there. Even in the main hall of the station there is no signboard to the subway.

The subway is clean and tiled on all sides, but is not equally lighted and some sections are relatively dark compared to others. Lighting needs to be improved. A CCTV camera is installed at the station end of the subway; one should be installed at the other end as well. A convex mirror must be installed to enable passengers walking down the stairs and turning into the subway to see whether any suspicious people are in the subway.

Since there are no exits along the subway, there is no place for people to hide. Anyway, KTM must station security guards at the Persiaran Tun Razak entrance to ensure safety of passengers especially women and senior citizens.

Signboards must be put up indicating that it is an entrance to the Railway Station. People staying in Jelapang, Silibin, Buntong and in fact all those staying on this side of the railway line can use the entrance. Since Persiaran Tun Razak is a bypass road, very few people use it and there is ample parking place. This would ease the traffic jam in front of the station.

It has been reported that from June, travel time between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur would be less than two hours and more people would opt to use the train. In fact people may live in Ipoh and travel daily to Kuala Lumpur to work.

AJ