KTM West Coast railway line

The West Coast railway line runs from Padang Besar railway station close to the Malaysia–Thailand border in Perlis (where it connects with the State Railway of Thailand) to Woodlands Train Checkpoint in Singapore. It is called the West Coast railway line because it serves the West Coast states of Peninsular Malaysia.

West Coast Line
A KTM Class 26 hauling freight at Ipoh station.
Overview
Native name
  • Landasan keretapi Pantai Barat (Malay)
  • 西海岸鐵路線 (Chinese)
OwnerKeretapi Tanah Melayu
LocalePeninsular Malaysia
Termini
Continues fromSouthern Line – Padang Besar Branch
Stations121
Service
Type
Services
Operator(s)Keretapi Tanah Melayu
Depot(s)
  • Padang Besar
  • Bukit Mertajam
  • Bukit Tengah
  • Batu Gajah
  • Rawang
  • Sentul
  • Seremban
  • Klang
History
Opened1 June 1885 (1885-06-01)
Technical
Line length1,151 km (715 mi)
Number of tracks1 or 2
Track gauge1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in) metre gauge
Electrification25 kV 50 Hz AC overhead catenary (Padang Besar – Gemas)
Route map

km
km
157.8
Padang Besar
Padang Besar yard
Padang Besar
depot
Bukit Ketri
138.8
Arau
128.4
Perlis
Kedah
border
Kodiang
120.3
Anak Bukit yard
Anak Bukit
97.8
Alor Setar
89.6
Tokai Yard
79.1
Kobah
72.0
Gurun
54.7
Sungai Petani yard
Sungai Petani
33.3
Kedah
Penang
border
Sungai Muda Bridge
Tasek Gelugor
15.3
010.2
Bukit Mertajam
Bukit Mertajam depot
Simpang Ampat
20.6
Bukit Tengah
depot
Nibong Tebal
34.0
007.2
Bukit Tengah
Penang
Perak
border
Prai Yard
Parit Buntar
40.3
Perai River
Swing Bridge
Parit Buntar yard
000.0
Butterworth
Bagan Serai
50.7
North Butterworth
Container Terminal
Bukit Merah
closed
63.7
Bukit Merah Lake
Railway Bridge
Kamunting
89.0
Taiping
94.3
Larut Tunnel
Bukit Berapit Tunnel
Padang Rengas
113.8
Kuala Kangsar
122.5
Sungai Siput
143.7
Kanthan
Freight Terminal
Chemor
155.3
Tasek
166.9
Ipoh
181.0
Falim Depot
Lahat
187.5
Batu Gajah
195.0
Batu Gajah
Central Depot
197.0
Kota Bharu
201.0
Kampar
218.0
Tapah Road
233.5
Sungkai
257.5
Slim River
281.7
Behrang
293.0
Tanjung Malim
300.5
Kuala Kubu Bharu
332.6
Rasa
333.4
Batang Kali
335.7
347.1
Serendah
Serendah
Freight Terminal
Rawang
EMU Depot
Batu Caves
355.5
Rawang
Kuang
Taman Wahyu
Sungai Buloh
Kampung Batu
Kepong Sentral
Batu Cantonment
Sentul EMU Depot
Kepong
Segambut
Sentul Works (Depot)
Sentul
Batu Junction
Putra
Bank Negara
Kuala Lumpur
KL Sentral
Bangsar Junction
(Port Swettenham Junction)
Abdullah Hukum
Mid Valley
Angkasapuri
Seputeh
Pantai Dalam
Salak Selatan
Petaling
Bandar Tasik
Selatan
Jalan Templer
Serdang
Kampung Dato Harun
Kajang
Seri Setia
Kajang 2
(
planned
& future
)
Setia Jaya
UKM
Subang Jaya
Bangi
Batang Benar
Glenmarie Halt
(future)
Nilai
Sri Subang Halt
(future)
Labu
Terminal Skypark
Tiroi
Batu Tiga
Seremban
EMU Depot
Shah Alam
Seremban
Padang Jawa
Bukit Badak
Senawang
Klang Depot
Sungai Gadut
Klang
Rembau
Teluk Pulai
Teluk Gadong
Pulau Sebang/Tampin
Kampung Raja Uda
Batang Melaka
Jalan Kastam
yard
Jalan
Kastam
Gemas
Northport
Port Klang
EMU Depot
depot
Batu Anam
(closed)
Port Klang
Segamat
Selat Lumut Bridge
Genuang
Pulau Indah yard
Tenang
(undergoing rebuilding)
Westports
Labis
Bekok
Paloh (undergoing rebuilding)
Chamek
Kluang
Mengkibol
Rengam
Layang-Layang
Sedenak
Kulai
Senai
(planned)
Skudai Goods
Skudai Junction
Tanjung Pelepas Goods
Kempas Baru
Port of
Tanjung Pelepas
Pasir Gudang Port
Danga City Mall
(closed)
Johor Bahru Sentral
Woodlands
Train Checkpoint
Bukit Timah
(closed)
Tanjong Pagar
(closed)

The 1,151-kilometre line is busier than the East Coast railway line because the West Coast railway line handles a variety of passenger train services such as the KTM ETS services, the KTM Intercity services, the International Express, the KTM Komuter in the Klang Valley and Greater Penang, and freight trains. Of this total length, 759 km is double-tracked and electrified.

The major stations on the line include KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth in Butterworth, Penang and JB Sentral in the south in Johor Bahru.

History

The West Coast railway line was developed in stretches on June 1, 1885, with the opening of the Taiping–Port Weld Line, and 1932 when the line opened up to Tanjung Pagar, thus spanning the entire west coast of Peninsular Malaysia from Padang Besar on the Malaysia–Thai border to Singapore. The line began with the construction of branches linking coastal ports with inland tin mining areas before they were gradually linked up by the main truck line running through the interior of the West Coast states of Peninsular Malaysia.

The latest new lines to be built were the branch lines to West Port, North Port, Tanjung Pelepas, Pasir Gudang and the North Butterworth Container Terminal. The trunk line had also seen sections becoming disused, abandoned or even removed, with the latest being the closure and subsequent removal of the southernmost stretch of track between the Woodlands Train Checkpoint and Tanjong Pagar in 2011.

Services

The West Coast railway line is served by a variety of train services:[1][2][3]

Projects

Gemas–Johor Bahru electrification and double-tracking

After many years of announcements about the intention to upgrade the final stretch of single track of the West Coast Line, the Government began the public display exercise for the Gemas–Johor Bahru electrification and double-tracking project on 27 October 2015. The public display exercise, required for all development of new railways under Section 84 of Malaysia's Land Public Transport Act 2010, ran until 27 January 2016. Chinese company China Railway Construction Company (CRCC) has been awarded to build the Gemas–Johor Bahru electrification and double-tracking project.

The length of the line to be electrified and double-tracked is 197 km between Chainage 563.040 at Gemas to Chainage 754.180 at Johor Bahru. The project includes the construction of 11 stations at Segamat, Genuang, Labis, Bekok, Paloh, Kluang, Mengkibol, Rengam, Layang-Layang, Kulai and Kempas Baru, and 3 future stations at Tenang, Chamek and Senai. The upgraded line is supposed to cater for at least 22 services daily involving KTM ETS, KTM Intercity and shuttle train services. Electrification for the stretch will have the same specifications as that of the Seremban-Gemas stretch, name at 25 kV AC 50 Hz single phase and supplied via an overhead catenary. Train operations for this stretch will be integrated with the Train Control Centres at KL Sentral and Gemas. The design speed for the tracks is 160 km/h.

Construction began in 2016 and is expected to be completed by October 2022.[4][5]

Klang Valley Double Track Project

The project was implemented by Keretapi Tanah Melayu began in 2016 and phase 1 is expected to be completed by 2021.[6] The project entails the rehabilitation of 42 km of tracks between Rawang and Salak Selatan as well as Sentul and Simpang Batu. This will focus on enhancing 16 stations along these routes and upgrade the existing signalling and electrification system.[7] This will be reduced to just seven-and-a-half minutes once the KVDT is completed.[8]

The 42km rehabilitation under Phase I, which are:

  • Phase 1A (Rawang – Simpang Batu)
  • Phase 1B (Kuala Lumpur – Simpang Bangsar)
  • Phase 2 (Simpang Batu – Kuala Lumpur)
  • Phase 3 (Sentul – Simpang Batu)
  • Phase 4 (Simpang Bangsar – Salak Selatan)

Phase II is from Simpang Bangsar - Pelabuhan Klang and Salak Selatan - Seremban.

Line network

Main trunk line

Part of the main trunk line near Kampar

The West Coast main trunk line stretches from Padang Besar on the Malaysia-Thailand border to Woodlands Train Checkpoint in Singapore.

The main trunk line is double-tracked and electrified from Padang Besar to Gemas. From Gemas to the Woodlands Train Checkpoint, the line is single-tracked and not electrified. Loops at stations allow trains to pass. Double tracking and electrification works are currently being carried out.

The West Coast railway line connects with the State Railway of Thailand at Padang Besar, while the East Coast line branches off at Gemas.

Branch lines

The West Coast railway line includes several branch lines from the main trunk line, namely:

The Bukit Mertajam Junction to Butterworth, Batu Junction to Batu Caves, Port Klang Junction to Port Klang station, as well as the branch lines to Terminal Skypark and Northport are double tracked and electrified.

The line from Port Klang to Westport and its shipping terminals, as well as the branch lines between Skudai Junction and the Port of Tanjung Pelepas and the Kempas Baru and Pasir Gudang are single lines and not electrified.

There are also branch lines where the tracks exist but are not used for any service or closed are:

None of these disused branch lines are double tracked nor electrified.

Main Trunk Line

Station names Serving cities Services Major landmarks Remarks
(Connects to Padang Besar branch line, Southern Line (Thailand))
Padang Besar Padang Besar, Perlis  ETS   2 
Bukit Ketri Bukit Ketri, Perlis  2 
Arau Arau, Perlis
Pulau Langkawi, Kedah
 ETS  2 
Kodiang Kodiang, Kedah  2 
Megat Dewa Closed and demolished
Tunjang Closed and demolished
Anak Bukit Anak Bukit, Kedah  ETS  2 
Alor Setar Alor Star, Kedah  ETS  2 
Kobah Pendang, Kedah  2 
Ladang Jenun Closed and demolished
Gurun Gurun, Kedah  ETS  2 
Sungai Petani Sungai Petani, Kedah  ETS  2 
Pinang Tunggal Closed and demolished
Tasek Gelugor Tasek Gelugor, Penang  ETS  2 
Penanti Closed and demolished
Simpang Ampat Simpang Ampat, Penang  1 
Nibong Tebal Nibong Tebal, Penang  ETS  1 
Parit Buntar Parit Buntar, Perak  ETS  1 
Bagan Serai Bagan Serai, Perak  ETS  1 
Bukit Merah Bukit Merah, Perak Bukit Merah Laketown Resort Closed and demolished
Pondok Tanjung Closed and demolished
Kamunting Kamunting, Perak  1 
Taiping Taiping, Perak  ETS  1 
Bukit Berapit Closed and demolished
Padang Rengas Padang Rengas, Perak  ETS  1 
Kuala Kangsar Kuala Kangsar, Perak  ETS 
Salak Utara Closed and demolished
Sungai Siput Sungai Siput, Perak  ETS 
Chemor Closed and demolished. Freights only.
Tanjung Rambutan Tanjung Rambutan, Perak Closed.
Tasek Ipoh, Perak  ETS 
Ipoh Ipoh, Perak  ETS 
Lahat Lahat, Perak Freights only
Batu Gajah Batu Gajah, Perak  ETS 
Kota Bharu Batu Gajah, Perak Freights only
Kampar Kampar, Perak  ETS 
Tapah Road Tapah Road, Perak  ETS 
Sungkai Sungkai, Perak  ETS 
Slim River Slim River, Perak  ETS 
Behrang Behrang, Perak  ETS 
Tanjung Malim Tanjung Malim, Perak  ETS 2
Kalumpang Closed and demolished.
Kerling Closed and demolished.
Kuala Kubu Bharu Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor  ETS 2 Replaced the nearby station formerly Kuala Kubu Road.
Rasa Rasa, Selangor 2
Batang Kali Batang Kali, Selangor  ETS 2 Replaced the nearby station formerly Ulu Yam.
Serendah Serendah, Selangor 2
Rawang Rawang, Selangor  ETS 2
Kuang Kuang, Selangor 2
Sungai Buloh Sungai Buloh, Selangor  ETS 2

Interchange: 12
Kepong Sentral Kepong, Kuala Lumpur  ETS 2

Interchange: 12
Kepong Kepong, Kuala Lumpur 2
Segambut Segambut, Kuala Lumpur 2
Putra Kuala Lumpur 12


Interchange: 34

Bank Negara Kuala Lumpur 12


Interchange:

34

Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur  ETS 12

Interchange: 59
Kuala Lumpur Sentral Kuala Lumpur  ETS 1 2 5 6 7 8 9 10 Central interchange with all intercity and commuter trains, rapid transit, monorail and airport rail link
Mid Valley Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur 1


Interchange:

25

Seputeh Seputeh, Kuala Lumpur 1
Salak Selatan Salak South, Kuala Lumpur 1
Bandar Tasik Selatan Bandar Tasik Selatan and Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur  ETS 1

Interchange: 4 7
Serdang Seri Kembangan, Kuala Lumpur 1
Kajang Kajang, Selangor  ETS 1

Interchange: 9
UKM UKM and Bangi, Selangor 1
Bangi Bangi, Selangor 1
Batang Benar Batang Benar, Negeri Sembilan 1
Nilai Nilai, Negeri Sembilan 1
Labu Labu, Negeri Sembilan 1
Tiroi Labu, Negeri Sembilan 1
Seremban Seremban, Kuala Pilah and Port Dickson,
Negeri Sembilan
 ETS 1
Senawang Senawang, Negeri Sembilan 1
Sungai Gadut Sungai Gadut, Negeri Sembilan 1
Rembau Rembau, Negeri Sembilan 1
Pulau Sebang/Tampin Pulau Sebang, Melaka City and Alor Gajah, Malacca

&
Tampin, Negeri Sembilan

 ETS 1 Melaka Heritage City Main station serving Malacca
Batang Melaka Batang Melaka and Jasin, Malacca  ETS  Nearest Station to Jasin
Air Kuning Selatan Closed
Gemas Gemas, Negeri Sembilan  ETS  Interchange with East Coast railway line
Batu Anam Closed
Segamat Segamat, Muar and Tangkak,
Johor
Genuang Genuang, Johor Freights only
Tenang Tenang, Johor Closed
Labis Labis, Johor
Bekok Bekok, Johor
Paloh Paloh, Johor
Chamek Chamek, Johor Closed
Kluang Kluang, Batu Pahat and Mersing,
Johor
Mengkibol Mengkibol, Johor Freights only
Rengam Renggam, Johor
Layang-Layang Layang-Layang, Johor
Kulai Kulai and Pontian, Johor Senai International Airport
Skudai Skudai, Johor Freights only
Tanjung Pelepas Iskandar Puteri, Johor Port of Tanjung Pelepas Freights only
Kempas Baru Kempas, Johor.
Danga City Mall Johor Bahru, Johor Danga City Mall Closed
Johor Bahru Sentral Johor Bahru, Kota Tinggi and Pontian, Johor

&
Woodlands, Singapore

Southern Integrated Gateway Interchange with Shuttle Tebrau to Singapore
Woodlands Train Checkpoint Woodlands, Singapore Shuttle Tebrau services only

Batu Junction–Batu Caves Branch Line

Station names Serving cities Services Major landmarks Remarks
Batu Junction between Segambut and Putra stations (Continue to main West Coast Line)
Sentul Sentul, Kuala Lumpur 1
Batu Kentonmen Batu Kentonmen and Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur 1
Kampung Batu Bandar Baru Selayang and Kampung Batu, Kuala Lumpur 1

Interchange:12
Taman Wahyu Taman Wahyu, Kuala Lumpur 1
Batu Caves Batu Caves, Selangor 1

Port Klang Junction–Port Klang Branch Line

Station names Serving cities Services Major landmarks Remarks
Port Klang (Bangsar) Junction between KL Sentral and Mid Valley stations (Continue to main West Coast Line)
Abdullah Hukum Kampung Haji Abdullah Hukum, Bangsar and Mid Valley City
Kuala Lumpur
2

Interchange:1 5
Angkasapuri Angkasapuri, Kuala Lumpur 2
Pantai Dalam Pantai Dalam, Kuala Lumpur 2
Petaling Kampung Pasir, Old Klang Road and Taman OUG,
Kuala Lumpur
2
Jalan Templer Jalan Templer and Petaling Jaya, Selangor 2
Kampung Dato Harun Kampung Dato Harun, Selangor 2
Seri Setia Seri Setia and Sungai Way, Selangor 2
Setia Jaya Bandar Sunway, Selangor 2

Interchange: B1
Subang Jaya Subang Jaya, Selangor 210

Interchange: 5
Terminal Skypark Subang Airport, Selangor 10 Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport
Batu Tiga Batu Tiga, Selangor 2
Shah Alam Seksyen 19, Shah Alam, Selangor 2
Padang Jawa Padang Jawa, Selangor 2
Bukit Badak Jalan Bukit Badak, Klang, Selangor 2
Klang Klang, Selangor 2
Teluk Pulai Teluk Pulai, Selangor 2
Teluk Gadong Teluk Gadong, Selangor 2
Kampung Raja Uda Kampung Raja Uda, Selangor 2
Jalan Kastam Jalan Kastam, Port Klang, Selangor 2
Port Klang Port Klang, Selangor 2
(Continue to Westport)

Bukit Mertajam Junction–Butterworth Branch Line

Station names Serving cities Services Major landmarks Remarks
Bukit Mertajam Junction between Simpang Ampat and Tasek Gelugor stations (Continue to main West Coast Line)
Bukit Mertajam Bukit Mertajam, Penang  ETS  1  2 
Bukit Tengah Bukit Tengah, Penang  2 
Perai Perai, Penang Freights only
Butterworth Butterworth, Penang  ETS  2  Penang Bridge, Port of Penang


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