Pe­nang traf­fic among worst in coun­try: BN

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY IAN MCINTYRE

GE­ORGE TOWN: The traf­fic con­ges­tion here is shap­ing up to be among the worst in the coun­try be­cause the DAP-led state gov­ern­ment has failed to ad­dress the is­sue, said Pe­nang Barisan Na­sional (BN).

In fir­ing a salvo at the state gov­ern­ment, Pe­nang BN chair­man Teng Chang Yeow said that in­stead of seek­ing to re­solve the hot spot ar­eas im­me­di­ately, the state chose a long-term ap­proach of try­ing to build an un­der­sea tun­nel and the three paired high­ways which would be linked to the main Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu ex­press­way from Ge­orge Town to Bayan Lepas.

The hot spots were in Bayan Baru (Jalan Ten­gah-Jalan Sul­tan Azlan Shah), Bayan Lepas (Free Trade Zones), Batu Lan­chang, Air Itam, Jalan Sun­gai Pi­nang and roads in Ge­orge Town, he said at a press con­fer­ence.

On the main­land, he cited the Juru Auto City in­ter­change ar­eas be­sides roads lead­ing to Bukit Mer­ta­jam, Se­berang Jaya and Ni­bong Te­bal.

Teng said with more mo­torists ex­pected on the roads in the next few years, the state gov­ern­ment would only make things worst as it likes to blame oth­ers in­stead of shoul­der­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity to of­fer so­lu­tions.

He also pointed out that the pro­posed three paired high­ways would bring all the traf­fic on the is­land to the sole ex­press­way.

“It will worsen the flow rate for the ex­press­way as all cars would con­verge there. There is no proper study made.” The state had spent close to RM3 mil­lion to con­duct a fea­si­bil­ity study of the RM6.3 bil­lion un­der­sea tun­nel but noth­ing con­crete has emerged from it, he said. “If we had spent some of the money on re­solv­ing the prob­lems in the hot spots, things would have been bet­ter in terms of traf­fic man­age­ment here.” The traf­fic sys­tem is not fine tuned to ac­com­mo­date the flow and in­crease in the num­ber of ve­hi­cles, he added. For some roads, there are close to three pedes­trian cross­ings, ham­per­ing the traf­fic flow and in one case, they had used an out­dated model of a ze­bra pedes­trian cross­ing which was last used in the 1990s, he said.

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