Those who commute to Penang island from the mainland may soon have a more convenient mode of transportation. According to The Star, there are plans to set up a light rail transit (LRT) track across the sea, possibly making it the fourth link between the island state and the mainland.

The suggested link will see LRT rails constructed near the first Penang bridge, connecting Gelugor on the island, and the Prai Industrial Estate on the mainland, before continuing northwards to Penang Sentral in Butterworth. An interchange with the proposed Komtar-Bayan Lepas LRT line will be set up at the Gelugor stop as well.

Meanwhile, the LRT line on the mainland will see the trains travel through the Prai Industrial Estate, along the Jalan Baru dual carriageway beginning with Taman Supreme and ending at the future Penang Sentral, where the ferry terminal and KTM train station will be located.

SRS Consortium Sdn Bhd project director Szeto Wai Loong told the The Star, “the link will be a lot narrower than Penang Bridge. But we will follow the bridge’s height so that the sea route will remain clear.”

LRT rail pix Bernama

Currently, two bridges connect Penang island to the mainland. As part of the RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), several other highway, LRT, monorail and tram routes will be constructed, including a 6.5 km undersea linking connect Gurney Drive to Bagan Ajam and the fourth link mentioned here.

Szeto added that plans for these state-approved transport links would now be submitted to the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) before it is publicly displayed in June, where the public can provide their feedback on the proposed project.

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