Kelantan MB urges KTMB to continue special train service for the festive season | Malaysia

KTMB has been asked to continue the special express train service offered during the festive season to ease traffic congestion in Kelantan. — photo by Bernama

TUMPAT, May 8 – Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) has been asked to continue the special express train service offered during the festive season to ease traffic congestion in Kelantan during the “balik kampung” exodus.

Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob said the initiative would help meet the needs of those looking for alternative ways to return to their villages or hometowns for the festive occasion.

“As we know, traffic in Kelantan is always congested especially during the festive season, so with this special express train, it helps to reduce traffic jams and road accidents,” he said during a press conference after the departure of the Keluarga Malaysia Aidilfitri Special Express. Train service at Wakaf Bharu KTM station, here last night.

KTMB Chief Operating Officer Mohd Zain Mat Taha was also present.

Ahmad said the overwhelming public response to the Keluarga Malaysia Aidilfitri special express train service could be used by KTMB as a criterion to continue making the service available during the festive season.

“Besides the affordable fare, this special train has become an option and is well received as it is equipped with facilities such as a car with beds, toilets and a cafe.

“Despite the long journey, the train service helps reduce the number of vehicles on the road and also provides a safer journey,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mohd Zain said the Keluarga Malaysia special express train service for the Tumpat-KL Sentral route offers a total of 696 seats and is expected to arrive at its final destination at 3:04 p.m. today (May 8).

“Based on our record, 803 tickets were sold, which exceeds the number of seats offered as there are passengers boarding and alighting in several sectors along the route.

“We are conducting a study on whether or not to continue this special express train service,” he added.

The Keluarga Malaysia Aidilfitri special express train departed KL Sentral with a total of 815 passengers returning home to Hari Raya on April 29. — Bernama

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