The first electric train delivery to the Serdang MRT Depot was successfully completed on 15 August 2020, marking an operational readiness progress for Phase Two of the MRT Putrajaya Line Project.
The electric train, codenamed ET21 was the first of 29 trains to be delivered to this Depot. A total of 49 trains will be ready to serve the Putrajaya Line.
The trains were fully assembled at the train assembly plant in Rasa, Selangor. A series of tests such as the Static Testing & Commissioning and Slow Speed Dynamic Testing & Commissioning were carried out on the train to ensure that it was fit for the next stage of testing at the depot.
The three-hour journey from Rasa to Serdang had involved the Turnkey Contractor MMC Gamuda KVMRT (PDP SSP) Sdn Bhd and the Work Package Contractor, HAP Consortium which consisted of Hyundai Rotem, Apex and POSCO.
The Serdang Depot will serve as the dedicated maintenance facility for the Putrajaya Line southern alignment operations. The depot will be fully operational upon commencement of Phase Two operations, which is estimated to be by January 2023. During Phase One operations, the maintenance of the trains will take place at the Sungai Buloh depot where the facilities will be shared with the Kajang Line service.
The Serdang Depot can stable up to 36 trains at any one time. The depot will have an automatic train wash plant to ensure the trains’ exterior will always remain clean. Similar to the Sungai Buloh Depot, trains will move in and out of the depot without any driver on-board, being operated from the Operations Control Centre at Sungai Buloh.