MALAYSIA: The first two completed trainsets for Mass Rapid Transit Corp’s Klang Valley metro Line 2 project, known as the SSP Line, have been delivered to the Sungai Buloh depot ready for dynamic testing.
The 52·2 km line will link Sungai Buloh, Serdang and Putrajaya, with 26 above-ground and 11 underground stations. The first phase between Sungai Buloh and Kampung Batu is due to open in July 2021, with the second phase extending this to Putrajaya to follow a year later.
In May 2016 MRT Corp awarded the 1·62bn ringgit rolling stock contract SY203 to the HAP consortium of South Korean companies Hyundai Rotem and POSCO Engineering and their local partner Apex Communications.
The contract covers the supply of 49 driverless trainsets, each with two motor and two intermediate trailer cars, as well as associated depot equipment. The trainsets will have a maximum speed of 100 km/h and a capacity of 1 200 passengers.
The first two completed trainsets arrived from South Korea at the end of May. The remainder of the fleet is to be assembled by Apex at a factory in Rasa using parts supplied from South Korea; the first bodyshells and bogies were delivered to Rasa in January.
The livery for the trainsets was developed by French company MBD Technologies, and according to MRT Corp is intended to express ‘modernism and a sense of belonging to the city’.