KTMB has just released a statement today announcing the commencement of the existing Ekspres Langkawi service to and from Johor Bahru. The overnight service, which currently serves between KL Sentral and Haadyai in Thailand, will begin running from Johor Bahru come 1st September 2015. It will therefore be possible for passengers originating in Singapore to take a through train from Johor Bahru in south of the country all the way to Haadyai in Thailand. The Northbound service will leave Johor Bahru Sentral (JBS) daily at 5pm, reaching Haadyai the next day at 11:40am (Thai time – 12:40pm Malaysian). The southbound service will leave Haadyai at 5:45pm (Thai time – 6:45pm Malaysian), reaching Johor Bahru the next day at 4:25pm.
In the same press release, KTMB also announced the addition of two new ETS services to / from the north starting on the same date. The Kuala Lumpur – Butterworth sector will now get its own dedicated service, which leaves Butterworth for Kuala Lumpur at 7AM daily, reaching the capital at 10:50AM. The return trip to the North leaves at 8PM, reaching Butterworth at 5 minutes to midnight. This is certainly great news for those in the North to do a quick day trip to Kuala Lumpur, though some may find the departure from and arrival in Butterworth times slightly inconvenient. We think this may have to do with the availability of the new Class 93 EMU ETS for service, of which at least one is expected to be released into service very soon after completing a shakedown test run. We have no doubt however that as more of the new Class 93 ETS sets are released into service, the times will be improved as will be the choices.
KTMB will also be resuming shuttle services in the East Coast between Kemubu and Tumpat, come 31 August.