Budget 2012: Other motoring and transport-related newsIt has certainly been a rather comprehensive budget. Aside from the announcements regarding the assistance for individual budget taxi owners and the continuation of incentives for hybrid cars until December 31, 2013, there were other items in Budget 2012 related to transport.

Among these are the projects of the Second Rolling Plan (RP2) under the Tenth Malaysia Plan; 2012 will see the first year of implementation of these. The RP2 will be allocated RM98.4 billion, with RM49.2 billion each for 2012 and 2013.

Under the RP2, the main projects to be implemented are the Gemas-Johor Bahru double tracking rail project, as well as a number of new expressways, these being the Lebuhraya Pantai Timur Jabor-Kuala Terengganu, Lebuhraya Pantai Barat Banting-Taiping, Lebuhraya Segamat-Tangkak and Lebuhraya Central Spine. Other core projects include the construction of the Kota Marudu-Ranau road and the redevelopment of the Sungai Besi KL air base.

On the Rural Transformation Programme front, an allocation of RM5 billion will be provided in 2012 to strengthen the development of rural basic infrastructure – of this, RM1.8 billion is set to be spent on the Rural Road Programme and Village-Link Road Project, which will build a 2,479 km-long road network which will benefit 1.76 million people in rural areas.

Meanwhile, the Pudu Raya Terminal, which is used by 80,000 people at any one time, has been renamed Pudu Sentral, following its complete facelift, which was carried out at a cost of RM40 million.

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