The construction of the Electrified Double Track Project between Ipoh – Penang – Padang Besar was planned as an impetus to the Indonesia – Malaysia – Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT). The Malaysia government had intended to boost the expansion of the international container traffic through the northern ports of Peninsular Malaysia.
The 329 kilometres double track will significantly reduce transit time for both passengers and goods traffic besides stimulating developments and economic growth along its corridor. As a reflective of the progressive and multicultural Malaysian society, the stations are of modern tropical architecture design outlook which connotes progress, dynamism and efficiency.
In line with the modernisation of the train system, all of the stations will be constructed with modern facilities for the convenience of passengers alike besides being maintenance-friendly, energy-saving with the provisions for future needs and expansion. The layout design of every station is efficient with spatial experience of abundant airiness, spaciousness, lightness as well as a scene of safety and security.
The project comprises 23 stations spanning over the four northern states of Peninsular Malaysia, namely Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Perak. Among the 30 stations, three stations are designated as the Royal Stations, located in the royal towns of Arau, Anak Bukit and Kuala Kangsar respectively. Out of these three stations, the Kuala Kangsar’s station design will be based on the requirements with the royal consent from the Perak Royal Family.