Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New shuttle train delayed

Jan 6, 2009

By Cheryl Tan

A NEW shuttle train running from Singapore to a brand new shopping mall in Johor Baru appears to have gotten off to a bad start.

On its first day of operation on Monday, one of the trains heading from Danga City Mall to Singapore was delayed by about 1 1/2 hours, leaving passengers angry and frustrated.

It was more of the same on Tuesday when Singapore-bound passengers waiting to catch the 2.19pm train had to wait at the station in the Danga City Mall for over an hour.

Several other train services plying between the new seven-storey mega mall, one of JB's biggest, have also been delayed by between 10 and 20 minutes.

The delays are said to be due to a landslide in Gemas - a small town in Negri Sembilan - which happened last Friday.

The trains on the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) railway between Malaysia and Singapore generally start from northern Malaysia with various services stopping at different towns along the way.

Passengers who were left waiting at the station in Danga City Mall were told by the ticketing agent for Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM), that the delay was due to repairs and cleaning works on the train tracks because of the landslide.

The additional stop at the Danga City Mall was launched on Monday as a new service that links its Tanjong Pagar station in Singapore to the new mall.


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