Ampang LRT issue: “Again and again and again,” lament netizens

THE Ampang LRT line’s delays in service this morning is due to a “kinked track alignment” near the Bandaraya station, said RapidKL.

Preliminary observations indicated that this was due to structural damage to a pillar in the vicinity, which is believed to be a result of construction work nearby, the rail operator said in a statement.

“The Ampang LRT service will operate at a lower speed and this will cause delays – nine minutes within the central business district and 18 minutes outside,” it said.

(Pic credit: Ask Rapid KL)

RapidKL also said Rapid Rail’s engineers are on site to assess the situation with structural experts to ensure safety and soundness of the affected area.

It added that as a safety measure, Rapid Rail has decided to close off the line between the Masjid Jamek and Bandaraya stations.

(Pic credit: Twitter)

“Trains from Putra Heights will be rerouted back to Plaza Rakyat and trains from Sentul Timur will be sent back to the Bandaraya station,” it said.

RapidKL said free shuttle services are also provided between the Hang Tuah, Bandaraya, and Sentul Timur stations.

Earlier, it was reported that delays on the Ampang and Sri Petaling LRT lines was a result of a crack in a main pillar near the Bandaraya station.

Following this, RapidKL has activated its alternative train services between the Plaza Rakyat and Masjid Jamek stations every six minutes, and between the Sentul Timur and Bandaraya stations every six minutes.

Rapid Rail also said police officers have been positioned at the main stations to manage congestion.

“Did not happen overnight”

As expected, netizens have taken to social media to vent their frustration, with many wondering why the issue was not identified earlier.

User @abikhsan said:

(The kinked track alignment couldn’t have happened last night. Didn’t the maintenance crew conduct routine or periodic checks? It’s different if the tracks are underground and all teams could not spot the problem)

Echoing @abikhsan, user @aimesketch said:

(A periodical survey ought to be conducted at each route considering the fact that this LRT route has been around for some time. How long do they need to fix the problem? This is so that we can properly plan our journeys)

An irate @ijustwanttoslap said:

(All you do is apologise. Couldn’t you check if there’s a track problem the night before? What is wrong with you people? Do you know how crowded it was in every station? Do you know how late I am to work as we speak?)

Meanwhile, user @ItsAryya said:

(If anything like this happens, please use hailers to tell train users which platform they should go to board the alternative trains. All your officers and policemen just stood there like idiots at the platforms waiting for people to approach them)

Said a frustrated @nadzirahfauzii:

(You tell us to vacate the train but the doors are not opening). – Jan 27, 2023

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