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End of the line for Klang Bus Stand

Syed Hamid speaks to the press after distributing flyers on Klang Bus Stand's permanent closure, in Kuala Lumpur October 31, 2011. — Picture by Yow Hong ChiehSyed Hamid speaks to the press after distributing flyers on Klang Bus Stand's permanent closure, in Kuala Lumpur October 31, 2011. — Picture by Yow Hong ChiehKUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 — Demolition of the Klang Bus Stand will begin by year’s end to make way for the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange with the LRT, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) said today.

The demolition is expected to be completed by early next year, after which work on the Pasar Seni MRT station will begin.

Buses here servicing Klang and Banting, including Rapid KL U91, will be moved to Pudu Sentral while all other Rapid KL buses will continue to pick up fares from Jalan Sultan Mohamed just outside Klang Bus Stand.

Some 5,000 passengers who use the bus stand daily will be affected by the move, effective from midnight tonight.

A commercial development and a new bus stand will be built on the same spot when the MRT is completed in 2016.

SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said the Klang Bus Stand, built in 1970, needed to be torn down as it no longer met the city’s development needs.

But he assured public transport users they would not be unduly burdened by the move, pointing out that Pudu Sentral was a modern facility.

“The 74 buses that make 260 trips from here daily... will be moved to a better, more comfortable place,” he told reporters here after handing out flyers informing the public of the move.

Syed Hamid said traders would still be allowed to operate in the area once the station is complete but SPAD will ensure nothing spoils its aesthetics.

“There will be opportunities for traders but the way we do it will differ from how it used to be done,” he said.

“We need to move forward. We cannot take step back in terms of progress and development.”

However, he declined to say if long-time Klang Bus Stand traders would be given right of refusal for new commercial lots within the KVMRT station, saying it was for MRT Co to decide.

Syed Hamid also passed the buck to MRT Co when asked about Chinatown traders and landowners who object to acquisition of their property for construction of the underground tunnel between Pasar Seni and Merdeka KVMRT stations.

“On our side, we’ve completed our job. We’ve taken the public views, we’ve engaged the public. Now you have to deal with MRT Co.

“Otherwise, there will be too many people talking about the same thing. It can create confusion,” he said.

The new underground Pasar Seni station will seamlessly integrate LRT and MRT networks and act as a catalyst for growth in nearby Chinatown, Syed Hamid added.

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