Hint: You don’t have to be hampered by parking and traffic anymore when visiting Mid Valley and KL Eco City.
Yes, after 20 years of unfortunate delays and almost-hopeless anticipation, the bridge that links the Abdullah Hukum LRT station to Mid Valley has finally opened on 14 November 2019. Mid Valley Megamall opened its doors back in 1999, the same year the Kelana Jaya LRT started its operations. In the years following that, the area around Mid Valley started developing and many people have often wondered why a link bridge was not built to connect the nearest LRT station, Abdullah Hukum. The station is separated from the mall by the Klang River and as such, is inaccessible by the working crowd in Mid Valley.
The idea of a link bridge gained more momentum with the development of KL Eco City recently, which increased more working traffic in the area. And now, after years of waiting, the link bridge is finally completed and opened. So what are some benefits of having it?
1. Many people can now take the LRT to work
People working around Mid Valley City had very few options for public transport – they either take the KTM or are forced to drive to work – but that doesn’t have to be the case anymore. With parking available in most stations along the Abdullah Hukum line, many people can now drive to the station nearest to where they live, park there and take a train to work without thinking about the harrowing ordeal of sitting in rush hour traffic to and from work. With the sheltered bridge walkway, rain isn’t an issue either.
2. The KTM is no longer the only option for commuters
For people who have been taking the KTM trains to work at Mid Valley City, the link bridge opens up new commuting options that are possibly more convenient and will also shorten their overall travel time. The waiting time for KTM trains are generally longer so commuters do not need to endure long waits at KTM stations anymore because there are more LRT trains servicing its lines.
3. You can explore more interesting places for lunch
If you’ve been working in Mid Valley City for years and are pretty much tired of the food options around the area, the bridge opens up the possibility of you venturing into town to eat Soong Kee’s beef ball noodles or even swing by the more hipster places like Merchant’s Lane of Chocha Foodstore and still be back in time for your 2pm meeting.
That would not have been possible previously – with lunchtime traffic or even trying to find a parking downtown – but with ‘Pasar Seni’ being just a couple of stops away, this is certainly very possible.
4. You don’t have to worry about parking anymore at Mid Valley on weekends (or during any expo)
It is not only the people working in Mid Valley City that will benefit from the bridge, those living along the LRT line don’t have to dread the idea of heading to Mid Valley on weekends anymore – we all know how bad the traffic (and parking) can be whenever there is a Baby Expo at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre (MVEC)! Just hop onto a train and you can have a relatively fuss-free journey.
Best of all, you don’t even need to sit in the mind-numbingly long traffic around the Mid Valley ring road anymore. You may be somewhat hampered by the amount of shopping bags you would be carrying around but hey, there is always the option of a trolley bag.
So, how do you get to the Abdullah Hukum LRT station from Mid Valley?
1. The exit to the bridge is located at the 1st Floor of Gardens Mall, in between Isetan and Ichiriki Japanese Restaurant.
2. Walk along the spacious bridge walkway towards KL Eco City.
3. Once there, look for the train signs that will take you to the station.
4. From there you will be led through another bridge walkway.
5. At the end of that walkway, you will see a sign saying ‘Abdullah Hukum’
6. Take the staircase down and you’re at station!
The link bridge is expected to change the commute and travel habits of those who either work or hang out a lot at Mid Valley. Given that the mall and surrounding area already gets a healthy amount of traffic every day, this new development promises to increase that even further, but with less traffic jams.
And if the talk of this amenity has roused your interest in the surrounding neighbourhood, why don’t you scope out properties for rent in Mid Valley and KL Eco City? There are numerous options available for working professionals from an attractive rM2,400 per month.
Alternatively, you could check out these cozy condominiums to rent in Klang Valley that are under RM 2,000 a month.