KTM Komuter Northern Sector
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Keretapi Tanah Melayu KTM Komuter
KTM Class 83 for KTM Komuter Northern Sector.
Native nameKTM Komuter Utara
OwnerKeretapi Tanah Melayu
LocaleGreater Penang, Perak, Kedah and Perlis
TypeCommuter rail
SystemKTM Komuter
Services 1  IpohButterworth
 2  Padang BesarButterworth
Route number 1   2 
Operator(s)Keretapi Tanah Melayu (Komuter Division)
Depot(s)Bukit Tengah
Rolling stockKTM Class 81 3-car formation
KTM Class 83 3-car formation
KTM Class 92 6-car formation
Opened11 September 2015 (2015-09-11)
Line lengthButterworthPadang Rengas: 104 km (65 mi)
ButterworthPadang Besar: 169.8 km (105.5 mi)
Track gauge1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in) metre gauge
Electrification25 kV 50 Hz AC overhead catenary
Operating speedUp to 120 km/h (75 mph)
Route map

Northern Sector network
Padang Besar KTM ETS Parking
Bukit Ketri Parking
Arau KTM ETS Bus interchange Parking
Kodiang Parking
Anak Bukit KTM ETS Sultan Abdul Halim Airport Parking
Alor Setar KTM ETS Parking
Kobah Parking
Gurun KTM ETS Parking
Sungai Petani KTM ETS Parking
Tasek Gelugor KTM ETS Rapid Penang Parking
KTM ETS Penang Ferry Service Rapid Penang Parking
Bukit Tengah Rapid Penang Parking
Bukit Mertajam KTM ETS Rapid Penang Parking
Bukit Mertajam junction
Simpang Ampat Rapid Penang Parking
Nibong Tebal KTM ETS KTM ETS Rapid Penang Parking
Kerian River bridge
Parit Buntar KTM ETS Parking
Bagan Serai KTM ETS Parking
Bukit Merah Lake Railway Bridge
Kamunting Parking
Taiping KTM ETS Parking
Padang Rengas KTM ETS Parking
Kuala Kangsar KTM ETS Parking
Perak River bridge
(Formerly Victoria Bridge)
Sungai Siput KTM ETS Parking
Ipoh KTM ETS Sultan Azlan Shah Airport Parking

The KTM Komuter Northern Sector (Malay: KTM Komuter Utara) is one of the five KTM Komuter services run by Malaysian rail operator Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM). The service was introduced on 11 September 2015 following the completion of the Ipoh-Padang Besar Electrification and Double-Tracking Project in December 2014, which also saw the extension of ETS services to Padang Besar from Ipoh.

Currently, the KTM Komuter Northern Sector consists of two routes, namely the Butterworth - Padang Besar route and the Ipoh - Butterworth route. The lines share tracks with KTM ETS services, though Komuter services call at stations not served by ETS.

Lines, stations and rolling stock

The KTM Komuter Northern Section consists of two routes:

Since November 2021, the Butterworth-Padang Rengas route replaced the Bukit MertajamKamunting route. The Bukit Mertajam, Bukit Tengah and Butterworth stations are common stations between the two lines.[1] On 16 September 2023, the ButterworthPadang Rengas route was extended southwards to Ipoh.

Station Name Platform type  2 
Interchange station/Notes
Padang Besar 2 Island Northern terminus.
Bukit Ketri 2 Island
Arau 2 Island
Kodiang 2 Side
Anak Bukit 2 Side Access to Sultan Abdul Halim Airport within 5 to 8 minutes by taxi.
Alor Setar 2 Side
Kobah 2 Side
Gurun 2 Island
Sungai Petani 2 Side
Tasek Gelugor 1 Island 1 Side
Bukit Mertajam 2 Island Interchange station
Bukit Tengah 2 Island
Butterworth 2 Island Access to George Town by Penang Ferry Service. Interchange and central terminus.
Bukit Tengah 2 Island
Bukit Mertajam 2 Island Interchange station
Simpang Ampat 2 Side
Nibong Tebal 2 Side
Parit Buntar 2 Side
Bagan Serai 2 Side
Kamunting 2 Island
Taiping 2 Side
Padang Rengas 2 Island
Kuala Kangsar 2 Side
Sungai Siput 2 Island
Ipoh 2 Side Southern terminus.

The train that are used to run on this track were the Class 83 and Class 92 while the other sets are used to operate on the Central sector.


KTM Komuter Northern Sector has 2 routes/lines, in which they have their own schedule.

The (modified—with additional handle bars) interior of a Class 83 EMU train.


The KTM Komuter Northern Service was introduced on 11 September 2015. The initial service ran between Gurun in Kedah, Butterworth in Penang and Kamunting in Perak.[2][3][4][5] On 1 January 2016, a service between Butterworth and Padang Besar in Perlis was introduced. With the introduction of KTM Komuter services on this section, the KTM ETS services that ran between these stations have ceased.[6][7]

On 17 January 2016, the original Gurun-Butterworth-Kamunting route was replaced with two separate routes: Butterworth-Gurun and Butterworth-Kamunting. These two lines together with the Butterworth-Padang Besar line operated until 1 July 2016, when the Butterworth-Gurun route was scrapped.[8]

A further revamp of routes on 1 September 2016 saw the Butterworth-Kamunting line being modified, with the northern terminus moving from Butterworth to Bukit Mertajam, and the southern terminus being extended by two additional stations from Kamunting to include Taiping and ending at Padang Rengas.

From November 4, 2021, trains from Padang Rengas and Padang Besar now terminate at Butterworth, making Butterworth and Bukit Mertajam the shared interchange stations between both lines.

An extension of the Padang Rengas line to Kuala Kangsar, Sungai Siput and Ipoh began running on 16 September 2023.[9][10]

See also


  1. ^ KTM Timetable
  2. ^ "Northern KTM Komuter service pending SPAD approval". The Star. 24 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Commuter rail to service north soon". The Star. 25 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Northern folks to enjoy new mode of transportation". The Star. 11 September 2015.
  5. ^ "KTM Commuter service connecting Kamunting and Gurun launched". The Star. 11 September 2015.
  6. ^ "KTM Komuter service from Butterworth to Padang Besar launched". The Star. 1 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Penamatan Perkhidmatan Tren Ets Butterworth – Padang Besar – Butterworth EG9501 Dan EG9502, Bermula 01 Januari 2016" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 February 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Penambahbaikan Perkhidmatan Tren Shuttle KTM Komuter di Sektor Utara" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 February 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  9. ^ "KTM Komuter Utara Extension to Ipoh from 16 September 2023". railtravelstation.com. Retrieved 20 August 2023.
  10. ^ "和丰火车站的铁道火车通勤服务 即将于9月16日开始往返北部". China Press. Retrieved 20 August 2023.