Sentral (KL Sentral) or Sentral Kuala Lumpur is a transit-oriented development that houses the main railway station of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia
. Opened on 16 April 2001, despite its name it is actually even less central than the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
, a colonial-era landmark that now remains open for local commuter trains only. KL Sentral is the largest railway station in Malaysia and indeed the largest in Southeast Asia
KL Sentral was designed as an intermodal transport hub. Most of Kuala Lumpur's passenger rail lines serve KL Sentral, while many intercity trains serving Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore
start there. All the railway components of the scheme have been completed, but some other parts such as shopping malls, offices and apartments are still under construction and are expected to be complete by 2015. It was also designed to be a new business and financial hub for Kuala Lumpur.
KL Sentral refers to the entire 290,000 square metres of development built on the former Keretapi Tanah Melayu marshalling yard in Brickfields
. The development includes the transport hub, hotels, office towers, condominiums and shopping malls and is expected to be completed in 2015.
KL Sentral has been divided into 14 land parcels, each representing a different function. Some of these lots have been fully constructed and are already in use, while others are either in the process of being built, or are still awaiting development, according to the phased programme.
- KL Sentral is being developed by a consortium made up of Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB), Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) and Pembinaan Redzai Sdn Bhd.Lot A: CIMB
- Lot M: Plaza SentralHeadquarters (Menara CIMB)
- Lot M: Plaza Sentral
- Lot J: Sooka Sentral & 4 Office Towers
- Lot N: 1 Sentral Tower
- Lot B has been proposed as a financial area for KL Sentral. No construction has taken place.
- Lot F is planned for a future office block. Currently, the base is used for a furniture exhibition mall and Food and Beverage (F&B) centre.
Lot E will be a hub for entertainment and convention centre in making KL Sentral an entertainment hub of Kuala Lumpur. The deck of this development has been completed.
Lot G, located in the south of KL Sentral will consist of 1,200,000 sq ft (110,000 m2) shopping complex, 600,000 sq ft (56,000 m2) office block, 500,000 sq ft (46,000 m2) serviced apartments, and a 546,000 sq ft (50,700 m2) three-star hotel. Nu Sentral, as it will be called, will offer an integrated connection with the KL Monorail Sentral station and it will be the station of the new Kota Damansara-Cheras
Lot H: Stesen Sentral:
Stesen Sentral (English: Central Station) is the name of Lot H, which is designated the transport hub within its KL Sentral development project, although both the public and connected transit lines generally refer to the station itself as "KL Sentral".
The following services serve Stesen Sentral:
- Express Rail Link (ERL): high-speed airport train
- KLIA Ekspres: high-speed direct train to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)
- KLIA Transit: high-speed transit commuter train service to KLIA
- KTM Komuter: Klang Valley electric commuter train service
- Sentul-Port Klang Line
- Rawang-Seremban Line with the Rawang-Kuala Kubu Bharu Shuttle Route
KTM intercity trains: intercity trains
- Intercity trains that connects from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok and Singapore.
- Electric Train Service (ETS): electric trains
- Electric transit trains that connects from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh.
- RapidKL Rail
- Kelana Jaya Line: Kelana Jaya-Gombak light rail transit (LRT) service
KL Monorail's KL Sentral station is across busy Jalan Tun Sambanthan, a 410 m walk away by covered walkway integration with new retails shopping complex Nu Sentral and other lines in KL Sentral. My Rapid Transit (MRT)'s KL Sentral station will be built nearly across Jalan Travers.
Stesen Sentral is divided into separate sections for different rail services:
- Level One of Transit Concourse for urban public transit services: KTM Komuter, KLIA Transit and the Kelana Jaya Line light rail line.
- Level Two of Transit Concourse for KTM intercity trains.
- KL City Air Terminal (KL CAT) on Level One for the KLIA Ekspres, the dedicated fast rail service to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) (see section below).
- Stesen Sentral also has retail and food outlets and a food court. Hidden from public view is KTM's maintenance depot beneath the complex. There is a facility for purchasing and reloading the Touch 'n Go card in this station.
KL City Air Terminal:
Located within Stesen Sentral, the KL City Air Terminal (KL CAT) is virtually an extension of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It is recognised by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as a city destination, with the code XKL. It was officially opened together with the KLIA Ekspres rail line on 14 April 2002.
Besides being the departure and arrival point for the KLIA Ekspres, KL CAT also has luggage check-in services. Passengers flying Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Royal Brunei
Airlines may check in luggage at KL CAT. The minimum check-in time is two hours before flight departure time.
There were plans to offer check-out services but these have not materialised.
Hotels and residential zones:
- Lot C: St Regis Hotel
- Lot D: 60-storey Residential Tower
- Lot I : Hilton KL & Le Méridien Hotels
- Lot K and L: Suasana Sentral and Suasana Sentral Loft
- Kuala Lumpur Monorail
- KL Sentral as a bus hub
Buses to Singapore and to the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) operate from KL Sentral, while most other bus operators go near KL Sentral along Jalan Tun Sambanthan. Also a hop-on/hop-off tourist bus stop is located between Hilton and the station. Travel by bus to Genting Highlands