By Lorna Sharpe
Published Thursday, June 16, 2022
Accessed: https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articl ... transport/ 2022-06-18Malaysia’s transport minister has confirmed that a maglev system is being considered for the country’s administrative capital, Putrajaya, where a previously abandoned scheme for a monorail is now being revived.
In an official statement posted on Facebook, Dr Wee Ka Siong said he had been given a presentation on the plan during a recent courtesy visit from senior representatives of several major South Korean businesses, including Hyundai Corporation and train-maker Hyundai Rotem, electrical equipment manufacturer EP Korea and Maglev MKC.
Dr Wee was accompanied by the CEO of Malaysia’s principal railway operator, KTMB, and the transport ministry’s rail director.
He said the briefing on plans for a maglev system for the Putrajaya area was given by EP Korea’s railway senior MD Yoo Jai Tark.
South Korea has practical experience of the technology, as Incheon International Airport is served by a 6km maglev line that opened to the public in 2016, using ‘Ecobee’ trains built by Hyundai Rotem.
Development of Putrajaya began in 1995 to ease overcrowding in the capital, Kuala Lumpur. It is now the seat of the federal government and the judiciary, though not the head of state or the parliament.
Putrajaya’s only railway station is on a commuter line between Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the capital, though it would also be served in future by the proposed Kuala Lumpur–Singapore high-speed rail line. Work on a monorail system was abandoned in 2004 after bridge construction had already begun, but the idea was revived in 2020, though no firm plans have been announced.