The East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) project is part of the RM144 billion worth of investments and partnership signed during the recent official visit to China by Prime Minister Najib Razak in November 2016. ECRL has been identified as a high-impact project aimed to stimulate economic growth in the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) – an area that covers more than 66,000 sq km across the East Coast area of Peninsular Malaysia.
Envisaged as a key socioeconomic enabler in the region, the ECRL is expected to boost connectivity between industrial areas, economic centres and ports, as well as provide passengers with an alternative travel option. It will also provide access to 10 East Coast industrial hubs and reduce economic inequality by connecting more people to jobs and bringing more capital to the ECER.
This mega infrastructure project will form the backbone of the ECER multimodal transport infrastructure, complementing existing expressways such as Lebuhraya Pantai Timur and the existing KTMB East Coast Line, as well as improving access to the ports. The ECRL project is expected to take 7 years for completion.