PETALING JAYA: Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd’s (Prasarana) light rail transit (LRT) extension work for the Ampang Line has progressed to the laying of segmental box girders (SBGs) over the weekend, five days after similar works started for the Kelana Jaya Line’s extension.
Prasarana’s head of section for the Ampang Line facilities Ahmad Kamal Md Yatim said the first 12 SBGs had been successfully put in place and the remaining 6,088 SBGs would be placed over the next two years.
Running a total distance of 17.7km and connecting the current Sri Petaling station to Putra Heights, the extended Ampang Line would have 11 stations with provision for two future stations. The Ampang Line would meet the Kelana Jaya Line at an integrated station in Putra Heights.
“The whole Line Extension Project will serve the community far into the future, hence the two stations – Station 5 and Station 12 – will be developed at a later date,” Kamal said, adding that construction works were progressing well and that the project should be ready as scheduled at the end of 2014.
The Ampang Line, which currently has an average ridership of 350,000 daily, would serve hundreds of thousands more every day once extensions are completed. It will cut travelling time from Putra Heights, located some 25km from Putrajaya and 35km from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, to the city centre to less than an hour.
The LRT line extension projects together with the upgrading of the KL Monorail stations, expansion of its fleet and upgrading of the public bus services, were part of the key initiatives under the National Key Result Areas blueprint entrusted to Prasarana.
Kamal said the tender for Stations 10 and 11, to be located along Persiaran Puchong Perdana, would be called in May.