ASIA: A twice-daily cross-border passenger service between Hat Yai in Thailand and Padang Besar in Malaysia was inaugurated by officials from State Railway of Thailand and KTMB with a ceremony at Hat Yai on December 21. Regular services began the following day.

The services on the 60 km route are operated using SRT diesel multiple-units, with a journey time of 50 minutes. There are joint border facilities at Padang Besar.

The services are aimed at cross-border commuters as well as tourists, and are timed to connect with KTMB trains on the recently modernised and electrified route to Kuala Lumpur.