The Masjid Jamek-Bandaraya LRT route was closed due to a kinked track alignment and the alternative route has resulted in quite a crowd on Hang Tuah LRT station.
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On 27 January 2023, Rapid KL announced the route closure between Masjid Jamek Station and Bandaraya Station due to a kinked track alignment.
Other parts of the flyover structure also showed signs of wear and tear.
Commuters will have to use alternative routes during the repair period but unfortunately, this has caused quite a crowd at the stations.
Pictures taken by Bernama showed a large number of people crowding in Hang Tuah station on the Ampang/Sri Petaling line to change “lines” at Bandaraya station.
#KualaLumpur Suasana di #LRT Laluan Ampang di Stesen Hang Tuah bagi pertukaran ke Stesen Bandaraya mengalami kesesakan berikutan perkhidmatan LRT Laluan Ampang di antara Stesen LRT Masjid Jamek dan Stesen LRT Bandar Raya mengalami gangguan disebabkan penjajaran landasan bengkok. pic.twitter.com/3ejysl58ly— BERNAMA (@bernamadotcom) January 31, 2023
Rapid KL said they have deployed around 348 Prasarana personnel, including auxiliary police and support staff, at the main stations to help with crowd control and assist commuters on their travel journey.
In a bid to reduce the crowding at the stations, Rapid KL has extended the morning peak hours from 6.30am to 10.30am while the evening peak hours are extended from 4.30pm to 8.30pm.
The temporary setback and interrupted travel routes didn’t please many commuters because it seemed like a reoccurring issue.
Some have asked whether public transportation in Malaysia is safe for passengers to use after suffering various setbacks since last year.
On 8 November 2022, Rapid KL reported a fault with the train’s automatic system which caused the closure of 16 stations on the Kelana Jaya line.
The affected stations only returned to full service on 14 November 2022 after repairs.
The consistent LRT disruption has also seemingly improved Rapid KL’s response rate to help commuters on their journey.
LRT sentiasa bermasalah, bas tak ikut jadual. Grab bukan harga marhaen— Pausbiru (@Pausbiru) January 31, 2023
Hospital sentiasa sesak, tak cukup katil tak tak cukup staff tak cukup parking
Harga barang runcit mahai
Harga barang mentah mahai
Sekolah? Mcm mcm hai
Baru January 🤦🏻♂️
Is our lrt, mrt & other public transportations truly safe! When was the last time prasarana or ministry of transport did the thorough hse assessment! YB Loke, please take this point very seriously!!! Don’t wait for another serious incident or accident to happen to act thoroughly!— PRU 15 (@wasabi1388) February 1, 2023
I’ve never seen the Ampang Sri Petaling being in this bad of a congestion. The developers that caused this damage need to be fined out of existence. https://t.co/pIxxbzDpEZ— Nabil Ersyad (@NabilErsyad) January 31, 2023
Giving credit where credit is due, the recent Ampang/Sri Petaling Line disruption had seen rapid deployment of temporary shelters, effective signage and adequate staffing to escort commuters— Ernest is: using the LRT shuttle bus! 🚌🚶♂️🚈❌ (@ErnestOnPT) January 27, 2023
This is in contrast, far better than Kelana Jaya Line’s breakdown last year https://t.co/tqPoAZwLtb pic.twitter.com/yExm9XBL4X