SEREMBAN: The Government will consider reviving the 39km Seremban-Port Dickson railway line which has been closed for almost three years if there is demand for the service.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the ministry would need to assess the cost involved before making any decision.
“We need to see if the tracks are safe and properly aligned before we can finalise anything,” he said at the opening of the Sg Gadut KTM station near here.
Kong was responding to a request by Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan that the Federal Government revive the line to promote tourism in Port Dickson, especially since the town has been named Bandar Tentera Darat.
The Seremban-Port Dickson line was closed in July 2008 following the derailment of a freight train transporting diesel from a refinery in Port Dickson to Ipoh.
Prior to that, the line was used by Shell and Esso refineries in Port Dickson to transport their products to other parts of the country.
Passenger train services between Seremban and Port Dickson stopped in the mid-1970s.
On a separate matter, Kong said the waiting time for the Komuter service during peak hours would be reduced to 7.5 minutes from the current 30 minutes once KTM received its 38 sets of new trains beginning August.
“From early next year, commuters can expect a Komuter every 7.5 minutes between 6am and 9.30am and during the evening rush hour,” he said.
On the new Seremban-Senawang-Sg Gadut service, he said it would be free until May 31 so that more people could try it out.
On a request by classic and vintage motorcycle owners to have the road tax for their machines reduced by 90%, he said the ministry would conduct a study on it.
He said the owners, who now pay between RM100 and RM400, should submit their request to the ministry.
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