11 Nov 2023, Gebeng, Kuantan
The first track installation for East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project was officiated by Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and accompanied by Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah with the present of Transport Minister Anthony Loke, China’s ambassador to Malaysia Ouyang Yujin, Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) chairman Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali, China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC) chairman Wang Tongzhou and the Menteris Besar from the East Coast states, which are the alignment of the ECRL.
The installation of this track is a significant milestone for the ECRL project, marking the beginning of a new era in the construction process of this mega train infrastructure in Malaysia. Wang Tongzhou, stated that this momentous occasion signifies their commitment to progress, innovation, and the integration of meaningful mobility connectivity. The aim is to create a rail transport system that embodies Malaysia’s aspirations for a connected future.
Track installations will span a distance of 94km, starting from the Kuantan Port City (KPC) station in Gebeng to Dungun, Terengganu by using advanced technology and equipment, CCPG500A track laying machine, together with the 500m-long Long Welded Rail (LWR) and pre-stressed mono-block sleepers to ensure a solid foundation, in addition to reducing vibration when the train is moving for the comfort of passengers. Expected to take about three to four months to complete the track installation.