New ETS Service to Butterworth and Padang Besar

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) will commence its Electric Train Service (ETS) from Ipoh to Padang Besar, extending the existing service which currently plies from KL Sentral to Ipoh.

There will be two services to be introduced, with two directions each:

  1. Ipoh – Butterworth
  2. Butterworth – Ipoh
  3. Butterworth – Padang Besar
  4. Padang Besar – Butterworth

There is only a limited schedule available and no news yet about addition of more service.

Timetables will be posted soon.

Some sources said KTMB will use Class 91 trains, currently being used for ETS between KL Sentral and Ipoh.

The newer rolling stock is not announced yet by KTMB. They are manufactured by CSR ZhuZhou from China and able to reach speeds up to 160 km/h. In comparison, KTMB Class 91 ETS trainset can only reach 140 km/h.

Update: Click here for ETS Schedule for KL Sentral <-> Padang Besar Route

Electronic Toll Collection at SMART Tunnel beginning 1 Sep 2015

Beginning 1 September 2015, SMART Tunnel will practice electronic toll collection only. By abolishing cash toll collection, the move is to help alleviate traffic problems commonly faced at the tunnel.

  
Similar move can also be seen by AKLEH, which also will abolish cash toll collection at some of its toll plaza.

ETS to Padang Besar: Waiting for SPAD Approval

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) is just waiting for confirmation from Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) regarding the new intercity train service linking Ipoh to Padang Besar. The new service, also dubbed as Electric Train Service (ETS), will enable travelers to experience speed of up to 140 km/h during travel between Ipoh and Padang Besar.

The new ETS service will stop and prominent stations such as Butterworth, Alor Setar, Arau and Padang Besar. The fast journey is made possible by the recent completion of electrified double tracking (EDTP) project, which upgraded the rail infrastructure between Ipoh to Padang Besar from single rail to double rail. The upgrade enables fast train travel on both northbound and southbound direction, reducing delays greatly.

As of press time, KTMB has yet to release any pricing information regarding the ETS service.

We will update this site as soon as we get more information about the service.

Update: Click here for ETS Schedule for KL Sentral <-> Padang Besar Route

Source: Astro Awani

ETS Service from Ipoh to Padang Besar

KUALA LUMPUR APRIL 20th 2015: Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) will start operation in July 2015.

As press time, there is no information yet on fare and schedule. Since Kuala Lumpur – Ipoh route is fairly expensive in comparison with regular KTM Intercity service, the new ETS Ipoh – Padang Besar route is expected to charge similarly hefty price for a ticket.

The first ETS service from Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh commenced operation in August 12th 2010.

Update: Click here for ETS Schedule for KL Sentral <-> Padang Besar Route

Source: BH Online

 

GST on Public Transport Services in Malaysia

Effective April 1st 2015, Malaysian Government through Royal Malaysian Customs Department, RMCD (Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia, JKDM) will charge Goods and Services Tax (GST) for most products and services offered.

Question: Will there be any GST charge on public transport services?

Answer: No, there will be no GST incurred on public transport services.

Public transport services in Malaysia include KTM Komuter, ETS, KLIA Transit, KLIA Ekspres, taxi and bus services.

Exception: Air transport services

GST will be charged for the following:

  1. Malaysian carrier, domestic flights
  2. Malaysian carrier, international-bound flights from Malaysia

Foreign carriers are not subjected to GST.

Usage of aerobridge in Miri Airport

To my understanding, whenever possible, AirAsia will not use aerobridge for its flights. Nevertheless, the airline is forced to use aerobridge for its operation at KLIA2 terminal in Kuala Lumpur.

9M-AHA with aerobridge
9M-AHA with aerobridge

During my recent trip to Miri, I discovered that AirAsia uses aerobridge for both inbound and outbound flights. Probably because of a construction job taking place nearby.

MH 114 Declared Emergency, Switched Back to Normal Landing

MH 114 on Flightradar24  2015-01-02 01.14.30
MH 114 on Flightradar24 2015-01-02 01.14.30 (Picture credit: flightradar24.com)

Malaysia Airlines’ Kathmandu-bound MH 114 has declared emergency en route to Kathmandu, enough to cause a stir among aviation enthusiasts and plane spotters. Twitter feed can be seen flooded with questions asking about the aircraft. Flightradar app also displayed a notification regarding the emergency status.

After few time in turnaround, the plane changed back squawk code to 2000 (no longer in emergency) and proceed with landing. The aircraft involved is 9M-MXA, in Malaysia Airlines retro livery.