Those holiday seasons? You will soon have an option to skip dull traffic jams.

Jean Khoo  |  Singapore
Published 2015-06-22 15:54:11

If you’re a frequent traveller and you love to travel by train, here’s some good news for you.

It has been reported that the latest electric train service (ETS) linking Kuala Lumpur and Butterworth via Ipoh is expected to start operating in July. According to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, he expects full passenger service to commence next month. So instead of travelling to Penang from KL by driving or flying, you can soon opt to take the ETS.

Image Credit: The Star Online
Image Credit: The Star Online

“On July 9, I will personally head to Batu Gajah in Perak to attend a trial run with other government officials to check on the Ipoh-Butterworth trains. Only after that, I will announce the important details of this new route, such as the schedule and the fares,” said Liow.

Three Things You Need To Know About The ETS

1. The top speed for trains currently is 140 kph.

2. According to this website, the train will shortens travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Butterworth Penang to just 3 hours.

3. The ETS sets are manufactured by China-based train-making company named CSR Zhuzhou, which built the Class 92 trains for KTMB’s Komuter line. The train will be able to transport up to 350 passengers.

This is certainly a good news for working professions and students who stay in Klang Valley. Facebook user, Munwai Cheaw mentioned that he prefers the ETS because the train is clean, punctual, fast, and safer.

“It’s also cheaper than driving if you’re travelling alone. Of course in a group, driving is cheaper. Onboard WiFi doesn’t really work that well, and data coverage along the track is spotty at some sections as compared to PLUS highway. Still, a good option for most travellers, as long as you have transportation at your destination.”


While most people are excited about the train, some people are not happy that the train launched was delayed, at least this is what another Facebook user, Michael thinks.

“Initially said starting this month. Then now next month. Let’s hope no more further delays,” Michael Lee Gao Loong said.

One thing for sure, speaking from a Penangite’s perspective, this is definitely a step forward for the transportation industry in our country. And those holiday seasons? You will soon have an option to skip dull traffic jams.

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