KL Sentral walkway ready by July 2011?

The Minister of Transport Ong Tee Keat commented yesterday on the proposed elevated link between KL Sentral and the KL Sentral Monorail station (a.k.a. Brickfields Monorail Station)

The comments were picked up in all the papers, but the most detailed article (with pictures & video) comes from The Star

Walkway linking monorail and LRT stations ready by July next year
By TEH ENG HOCK
enghock@thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: Commuters switching between the monorail and light rail transit trains at KL Sentral here will soon be able to do so without being exposed to the sun or rain.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said a covered walkway, which will be slightly more than 150m long, would be ready by July next year.

The walkway will connect the monorail station which is located on Jalan Tun Sambanthan with the LRT station within the KL Sentral complex.

At the moment, commuters transfering between the two services have to cross Jalan Tun Sambanthan and walk for about 350m to get to the LRT station.

Shopping link: Ong (right) and Wong looking at the model of Nu Sentral which will be ready in 2012. Image courtesy of The Star

[TRANSIT: Note from the image that there is a rail station aligned on Jalan Tun Sambanthan passing along the front of the NUSentral building. This may be a monorail or the proposed Kota Damansara-Cheras line. It is hard to tell from here.]

Ong said improving public transport was one of the National Key Result Areas under the Government Transformation Programme and addressing commuters’ concerns when transferring from one public transport service to another was important.

“Monorail commuters switching to the LRT can clearly see a missing link. You are exposed to the sun or rain,” he said when visiting the area yesterday.

Ong said the walkway would be within Nu Sentral, a new shopping mall which was currently being developed by Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad.

The mall is expected to be completed in 2012.

“When Nu Sentral is ready, commuters can walk from the monorail station to the LRT station and vice-versa by going through the mall,” he said.

Ong said currently, about 130,000 commuters use KL Sentral daily while its capacity was 250,000. “There is still room to increase the usage,” he said.

Ong, who is in a wheelchair following an ankle operation, was briefed by MRCB during the visit.

Although his right foot is still in a brace, Ong got out of his wheelchair and took several steps when inspecting the construction.

MRCB senior vice-president and head of property Wong Dor Loke said the company was trying to bring forward the completion of the walkway so that it could be used by commuters sooner.

“Nu Sentral will be ready in 2012 but the walkway will be completed by July 2011. It is a temporary structure but it will be covered,” he said.

He added that the walkway is estimated to cost RM15mil.

TRANSIT Says:

We have been following the developments in Brickfields including the NUSentral project as well as the Kota Damansara – Cheras LRT or MRT line.

So you can imagine that we are very interested in learning more about the proposal.

By the way…whatever happened to the proposed walkway between MidValley Megamall and the Abdullah Hukum LRT station which was supposed to be completed in 2008?

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