The main railway operator in Peninsular Malaysia, the Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) serves the backbone railroad stretching from far north to the southern corner closed to the country’s borderline with Singapore. As part of the electrified railroad project by the Ministry of Transport, the government has agreed to upgrade the southern sector after the completion of the Double Track North in 2014.
Runs over 197 kilometres, the double-track line will pass through the four districts of Johor, namely Segamat, Kluang, Kulai and Johor Bahru that will further complement the Greater Asia Rail Link from Kunming, China to Singapore. The project involves the design of 10 new train station buildings and one comprehensive depot in Kempas Baru, with the exception of a new addition and upgrade to the existing heritage-gazetted Kluang train station building.
All of the stations are planned and constructed with the inclusion of modern facilities for the convenience of transit passengers and the public. The station designs will be of passenger-friendly, maintenance-friendly and energy saving, with the provision for future needs and expansion.
As the whole station buildings are located in Johor, the designs are inspired by the unifying identity elements found in the state. Known as the Southern Gem, Johor is a multicultural state with the rich traditions of Malay cultures, exquisite cuisines and unique architecture of its own. All of these strong identity elements were embedded and explored in the design process of the two types of design for major and secondary station buildings.