Speculated Klang Valley MRT 3 Alignment

This railway network is projected to improve the economy and quality of life in key areas of the Klang Valley

The MRT 3 transport infrastructure project is expected to resume, based on the Malaysian Budget 2021 that was announced recently. Research by Mak Academy indicates a proposed Circle Line linking several areas and speculated interchanges in Kuala Lumpur. Several neighbourhoods and developments may potentially benefit from this infrastructure project, assuming the speculated alignment becomes reality.

In the Malaysian 2021 budget speech presented by Minister of Finance senator Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, the government stated its commitment to implement transport infrastructure projects to increase the mobility of the people. Several key projects will be continued, including the MRT 3 in Klang Valley.

MRT 3 expected to be the Circle Line

Proposed 2030 rail network

According to the National Land Public Transport Master Plan – Moving together for a better tomorrow document from the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), it has been proposed that the Circle Line should provide an orbital link between areas such as Mid Valley, Mont Kiara, Sentul Timur, and Ampang, as well as the planned Matrade.

The Land Public Transport Commission’s Greater Kuala Lumpur / Klang Valley Land Public Transport Master Plan – Urban Rail Development Plan stated that orbital movements in Kuala Lumpur will be addressed by the provision of a Circle Line. The Circle line would encourage modal transfers in corridors that are currently poorly served by public transport as well as providing relief to the radial lines for those direct orbital journeys, which must travel via the city centre.

It is proposed that the Circle Line makes use of the Ampang Branch of the Ampang Line. This will allow a higher frequency service to be provided on the main Star line towards Sri Petaling. The width of the corridor identified on the plan has a 2.5km radius.

The Circle Line would be developed in at least two phases. The first would be the western and southern sections linking Ampang with Mid Valley, Matrade, and Sentul. The second phase would line Ampang with Sentul Timur completing the north eastern sector of the Circle Line. Given the terrain to the west of the city, and the amount of existing development, it is expected that a large proportion of the Circle Line is likely to be underground.

In the technical analysis to date, it has been assumed that a station will be provided every 1.5km. Subject to technical feasibility, an initial estimate suggests a length of 29km for phase 1 with 22 stations. The second phase would be 12km with 8 stations. The operational study would need to examine the location for depot facilities.

Speculated interchanges and potential beneficiaries

The MRT Sungai Buloh–Kajang Line servicing the Klang Valley

Based on the proposed 2030 rail network in the Urban Rail Development Plan, speculated interchanges include Sentul Timur, Sentul West, Pusat Bandar Damansara, Mid Valley, and Maluri. Assuming the alignment is maintained, Taman Desa and Bandar Malaysia should be within close range to the Circle Line. A video presentation of the Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT station by MRT Malaysia indicates a future line intersecting with the station, supporting the speculation that the Circle Line will intersect with the Sungai Buloh - Kajang Line.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, several neighbourhoods and developments may benefit from this transport infrastructure development. Potential beneficiaries include Pavilion Damansara Heights, Guocoland’s Damansara City, IGB Berhad’s Mid Valley City, SP Setia’s KL Eco City, Bandar Malaysia, Naza TTDI’s KL Metropolis, and YTL Land’s Sentul development.

I am expecting both the SSP MRT Line and the Circle MRT Line to contribute towards the rejuvenation of Sentul by raising economic activity and property values, improving accessibility and quality of life, and enhancing its attractiveness as a leading educational hub.


This story is contributed by Mak Kum Shi. He is the principal of Mak Academy and a master English linguistics trainer with several years of experience in property journalism. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and they do not represent or reflect the opinions of

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