Metro for Kuala Lumpur

Design for the new underground passenger trains for Malaysia’s Klang Valley.

Klang Valley, the metropolitan region around Malaysia`s capital Kuala Lumpur, is home to roughly four million people. In order to strengthen the appeal of this fast growing region and to prepare for the urban transit challenges of the future, Kuala Lumpur will rely on the Metro Inspiro by German train manufacturer Siemens. Designworks developed the design for these new underground passenger trains. The identity of the city as a melting pot of different cultures and religions was a key

inspiration for the design. Under the name “Guiding Light” the design of the Metro Inspiro takes cues from the rich heritage of Kuala Lumpur making a strong statement towards the future. The trains will be built by Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd. Once operational a total of 58 driverless trains will be in service allowing a frequency of one train every 3.5 minutes during peak hours. Service is anticipated to commence in 2017. Ridership is projected to be one of the highest in the region.

The new Metro for KUALA LUMPUR: A bold statement of dynamism and strength.

Cultural references to the Klang Valley region are visible throughout the design.


To increase daily ridership each four-car trainset was designed to have a capacity of 1,200 passengers. This also takes into account the needs of disabled people: Six specific areas in each train are equipped with hand-rails and sufficient space to allow wheelchair-bound passengers to be comfortable and secure. The design team looked at every aspect: from exterior design of the trains to the smallest ergonmic detail of the handrails in the interior.