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Monday, November 28, 2011

Malacca monorail stalls after rain, 18 HK tourists stranded



MALACCA: The problematic Malacca river tourist monorail has been stopped in its tracks again days after it resumed service.
The monorail had just moved from its Taman Rempah station for 300m before it stopped at 3.45pm yesterday, leaving 18 tourists from Hong Kong, their tour leader and guide stranded.
A sudden downpour earlier had affected the tracks, causing the monorail to stall.
It was eventually driven back to its station in Taman Rempah.
“A check with the counter found that the rain earlier had caused the tracks to be slippery and we could not complete the ride,” said the tour guide who only wanted to be known as Low.
Low said the tour members were disappointed although their fares of RM10 per person were refunded.
The monorail service, which was suspended after a breakdown on Sept 30, was given the go-ahead by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to resume operations starting Thursday.
Describing the monorail as a new and attractive tourism product, Low said the authorities should do their best to ensure the smooth-running of the coach service.
SPAD chief operation officer Azhar Ahmad said the monorail could run smoothly, but on rainy days it required thermal paint to be applied.
“The wet condition reduces traction of the tracks and tyre. Therefore, we do not recommend the monorail to be operated during rainy days,'' he said.
A team of engineers, he added, would be sent to inspect the monorail today.
The RM15.9mil line had experienced 21 service disruptions since starting operations on Oct 20 last year until the suspension on Sept 30. The company suffered losses of more than RM74,180.
The line spans 1.6km from Taman Rempah in Pengkalan Rama to Kampung Bunga Raya Pantai. - theStarOnline

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