Bayan Lepas LRT line
George Town - Bayan Lepas LRT location map.png
Overview
StatusPlanned
OwnerPenang state government
LocalePenang Island
TerminiKomtar
Phase 1: Permatang Damar Laut
Phase 2: Island C3
Stations27
Websitepenanginfra.com
Service
TypeLight rapid transit
ServicesGeorge TownBayan Lepas
Depot(s)Island A
History
Planned openingUnknown, maybe 2030s (Phase 1 only)
Technical
Line lengthPhase 1: 23.5 km (14.6 mi)
Phase 2: 6.4 km (4.0 mi)
CharacterElevated[1]
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
Route map

S1
Komtar
Ayer Itam monorail line Tanjung Tokong monorail line Georgetown tram line
S2
Macallum
S3
Bandar Sri Pinang Parking
S4
Skycab
Penang Skycab
S5
East Jelutong
S6
The Light
Butterworth LRT line
S7
Gelugor
S8
USM
S9
Batu Uban Parking
S10
Pesta
Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal
S11
Sungai Nibong
S12
Bukit Jambul Parking
S13
SPICE
S14
Jalan Tengah Parking
S15
FIZ North
S16
FIZ South
S17
Sungai Tiram
S18
Penang Int'l Airport
Penang International Airport
S19
Permatang Damar Laut Parking
LRT Depot
Phase 1
Phase 2
S20
Island A1
S21
Island A2 Parking
S22
Island B1 Parking
S23
Island B2
S24
Island B3
S25
Island C1
S26
Island C2
S27
Island C3 Parking
Butterworth LRT line
LRT Depot
S1
Sungai Nyiur
Bukit Mertajam monorail
S2
Chain Ferry
S3
Penang Sentral
Rapid Ferry Penang Skycab
Butterworth
 ETS   2 
S4
Taman Perai Utama
S5
Taman Supreme
Bukit Mertajam monorail
S6
Perai North
S7
Perai South
S8
The Light
Bayan Lepas LRT line

The Bayan Lepas LRT line is a proposed light rapid transit (LRT) line in the Malaysian state of Penang. Conceived by the Penang state government in the 2000s as part of the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), the proposed 22 km (14 mi) line within the city of George Town was envisioned to link the city centre with the industrial town of Bayan Lepas to the south.[2]

Nineteen stations are expected to be built along the 22 km (14 mi) stretch. Eight additional stations will also be built on three islets that will be reclaimed off the southern coastline of Penang Island, bringing the overall length of the planned route to 30 km (19 mi).

In 2015, the construction of the LRT line was announced to begin in 2018.[3] That did not happen. Construction was then expected to start in 2020, and that did not happen again. No construction has begun as of 2022. Significant delays in actually constructing the line has been attributed to political feuds for funding between the Penang state government and the federal government of Malaysia.

Overview

The Bayan Lepas LRT line forms the backbone of the Penang Transportation Master Plan, a comprehensive proposal formulated by the Penang state government to improve transportation within the State of Penang.[4] Among the components of the plan, the LRT line is being prioritised by the state authorities for implementation, as the line will serve a densely populated urban and industrial corridor along the eastern coast of Penang Island, specifically between George Town proper and Bayan Lepas to the south.[5][6] In addition, the LRT service would facilitate easier commute for tourists arriving via the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas.[7]

History

SRS Consortium, a joint venture consisting of Gamuda Berhad, Ideal Property Development Sdn Bhd and Loh Phoy Yen Holdings, was appointed as the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) in 2015.[3] Within the same year, the first public consultation session on the alignment of the proposed route was held.[8][9] Following the sessions, the route was finalised and 27 stations identified; the eight southernmost stations will be built on three islets which will be reclaimed to the south of Penang Island.[10] Much of the line will be elevated to reduce land acquisition and to preclude the relocation of underground utilities.[11]

As public transportation falls under the purview of the Malaysian federal government, the proposal was submitted to the Federal Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) by April 2016 for approval by the federal authorities.[12][13] However, a political feud between the Pakatan Harapan-led Penang state government and the federal government at the time, which was dominated by Barisan Nasional, led to delays in securing the required federal approval.[14]

On 20 June 2020, chairman of the State Works Committee Zairil Khir Johari said that the LRT would continue, with or without the Federal government as it was funded through the land reclamation.[15]

Stations

Bayan Lepas LRT line is located in Penang
Komtar
Komtar
Macallum
Macallum
Bandar Sri Pinang
Bandar Sri Pinang
Skycab
Skycab
East Jelutong
East Jelutong
The Light
The Light
Gelugor
Gelugor
USM
USM
Batu Uban
Batu Uban
Pesta
Pesta
Sungai Nibong
Sungai Nibong
Bukit Jambul
Bukit Jambul
SPICE
SPICE
Jalan Tengah
Jalan Tengah
FIZ North
FIZ North
FIZ South
FIZ South
Sungai Tiram
Sungai Tiram
Penang Airport
Penang Airport
Permatang Damar Laut
Permatang Damar Laut
Locations of the stations within the State of Penang (in blue)

See also

References

  1. ^ "Penang Transport Master Plan: Addressing NGO Penang Forum" (PDF). Penang state government. 22 July 2016.
  2. ^ "George Town meliputi 'pulau', jelas Datuk Bandar" (PDF). Buletin Mutiara. 1 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Penang LRT construction work to start in 2018". The Edge Markets. 2015-12-02. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  4. ^ "Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP)". Penang Property Talk. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  5. ^ "Penang rolls out LRT scheme - Nation | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  6. ^ migration (2015-04-17). "Penang to ease island's transport woes". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  7. ^ "LRT". pgmasterplan.penang.gov.my. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  8. ^ "Milestones". pgmasterplan.penang.gov.my. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  9. ^ "Foreign firms keen to participate in Penang Transport Master Plan". The Edge Markets. 2016-03-25. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  10. ^ "Penang LRT - Bayan Lepas Line". Penang Property Talk. 2016-04-06. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  11. ^ "Elevated LRT best bet for Penang, state govt insists". Free Malaysia Today. 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  12. ^ "Chow hopes Penang Transport Master Plan will be tabled in Cabinet soon". The Edge Markets. 2018-05-15. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  13. ^ "Penang rolls out LRT scheme - Nation | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  14. ^ "Fate of Penang Transport Master Plan hangs in the balance (Updated)". www.thesundaily.my. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  15. ^ "Mega projects in Penang to go ahead | The Star". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2020-06-24.