No more bicycles on KTM's Butterworth-Padang Besar-Butterworth route

NOR AIN MOHAMED RADHI


KUALA LUMPUR: Beginning Monday, cyclists using the KTM Komuter service on Butterworth-Padang Besar-Butterworth route will no longer be allowed to bring their bicycles.


Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB), in its statement yesterday, said the reason for the new ruling was to ensure safety and comfort of its growing number of passengers.


“When the service was first introduced in September 2015, we had only 500 passengers daily. Now, we have about 11,000 passengers daily.


“We would like to apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and we thanked all cyclists and cycling groups that have been using our Butterworth-Padang Besar-Butterworth route.


“However, bicycles are still allowed on our Butterworth-Padang Rengas-Butterworth route.”


In June last year, KTMB had launched 'Ride and Ride' programme in its effort to encourage public, particularly cyclists, to use public transport to popular destination in the north such as Butterworth, Taiping, Gurun and Padang Besar.


It said some 10,173 passengers have brought along their bicycles on the northern Komuter service since June last year till March.


Meanwhile, Malaysia Railway Industry Association secretary Haniff Ghazali said instead of banning bicycles on the particular route, KTMB should formulate a solution for cyclists who use the fleet to work, play and having good times with friends and family.


“As the ultimate mainline rail services that caters in-city and inter-state, KTMB could not afford to lose passengers in its eco-tourism and sport-health segment.


“We are aware that the current six-car set interior is not friendly towards bicycle storage but banning bicycle is not an answer.


“Thus, I hope KTMB could creatively address all market segment needs and optimize the ETS capacity.”