Plans for a Light Rail Transit (LRT) system in Penang are expected to be submitted to the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) next month. According to The Sun Daily, local government traffic management and flood mitigation committee chairman, Chow Kon Yeow, revealed that the system is a part of the RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).

“These plans will be on public display for three months to gather feedback, getting approval is a legal requirement,” Chow said. He added that the priority for the LRT system would be to link the Komtar and Bayan Lepas areas and hopes that it will be approved quickly.

Originally, PTMP was designed to relieve traffic and connection issues between the Penang island and the mainland. Mass rail transit (MRT) systems, busses, ferries and water taxis are also included as prime solutions for this under the master plan.

It is said that the state government has already appointed SRS Consortium as its Project Delivery Partner (PDP) and that funds would be raised via the reclamation of a 930-hectare plot of land as well as a 445-hectare plot off the coast of Permatang Damar Laut.

As previously reported, the Bayan Lepas LRT is expected to stretch from Komtar to Permatang Damar Laut via the Penang International Airport – the proposed alignment spans some 22 km and include 19 stations. Another eight stations are expected to be built along three proposed reclaimed islands in the south, bringing the total length to 30 km.