Arup appointed lead consultant for Kuala Lumpur rail system

UK engineer Arup has been appointed a design consultant for the second of three lines that will make up the Klang Valley mass rapid transit system in Malaysia.

The system is part of a plan to relieve traffic congestion in the Greater Kuala Lumpur area, and the second line will run diagonally through the city, from Serdang in the north-west to Putrajaya in the south-east, a distance of 52km.

Some 39km will be above ground and 14km will run underground. It will have 39 stations, 10 of which will be subterranean.

Arup will undertake the reference design for the 10 underground stations, as well as the Tun Razak interchange with other lines on the system.

Wan Anuar Wan, Arup’s managing director, said: "We appreciate the need to integrate rail into transport solution that deliver the total door-to-door journey.

"Our involvement in some major infrastructure projects in Malaysia puts us in good stead to deliver the underground design for the line in an efficient and sustainable way."

The Klang Valley MRT is the first such project in the region. It will integrate with the valley’s existing rail transport network as well as bus routes.

The end result will be better connectivity for Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding cities, while reducing the number of cars that enter the capital.

Arup is currently working on a plan for a five-mile cable car system in Cardiff.

Image: A train in Klang Valley, Malaysia (Wikimedia Commons)

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