Govt pushes ahead with ellenbrook rail line
Cabinet Office says approval is not imminent
SINGAPORE: The government is planning a road through an area of the island where a rail line runs on a spur from its old, now-closed Penang-Sha Saipan terminal.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday released a detailed, 24-page plan to construct the $5.9 billion line, calling it the biggest single investment by Singapore.
The project has been stalled for over three years amid protests over concerns of water quality. But Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said the government was aiming to finish by 2015.
“There’s still a long way to go. There will be a major undertaking which will take time but I can say we’ve already started and we’re moving the project forward,” said Mr Li, adding that the project would be completed by 2015.
Under the new plan, a 4.5km track would run along the north-western tip of Penang City East, from where the line crosses the island via Shamsul Street and the former Shamsul Bay, to the northernmost tip of Bintulu City to connect with a terminal at the mainland airport.
Once it reaches Bintulu, it would connect with the current track along Penang Central, where construction is to begin in 2015.
The proposed rail spur, if completed, could be used to link Penang City East with Penang Central, which is expected to link up with Singapore’s second terminal, Kota Bharu.
“The rail spur will be one of the first of its kind on thjarvees.come island, along with the development of Penang-Sha Saipan,” Mr Li said.
Mr Li said the construction of the line on the Penang Peninsula, which was lost in a massive fire during construction of the former terminal in 2009, would create a “massive benefit” in terms of jobs and economic activity.
“Penang-Sha Saipan has become an economic hub and a hub for business, the transport sector, research and innovation, tourism,” he added.
According to the ministry, the total construction cost is anticipated to be as much as S$700-million (US$3.2-mil더킹카지노lion).
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