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[CNA] Stripping of KTM railway track completed

Quote:SINGAPORE: The stripping of the 23-kilometre KTM railway track from Tanjong Pagar to Woodlands has been completed following the handover of the KTM land and the Tanjong Pagar railway station to Singapore this year, Malaysia media reported.

Dr Aminuddin Adnan, KTMB President, said the tracks weighed a total 2,500 tonnes, out of which about seventy percent have been transported back to Malaysia.

The rest, which was still being placed at a temporary storage area in Kranji, will be sent back to the country by the middle of next month.

The Malaysian press has also reported that part of the track would be showcased in KTMB museums as a historical exhibit while others will be kept for future use on KTMB tracks throughout the country.

The first museum to display the track will be the former Johor Bahru railway station which will be turned into a museum soon.

KTMB also reports that the shifting of the railway operations to Woodlands in July has taken a toll on its revenue.

Checks show the company having incurred an average monthly revenue loss of 1.8 million ringgit as a result of a decline of between 20 and 30 percent of passengers using train services to Singapore.

KTMB believes most travellers have opted to take express buses and some by air, as they feel the Woodlands Station is not quite convenient for travellers from Malaysia.

- CNA/de

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