Motorists using the new Sultan Abdul Halim Mua’dzam Shah Bridge, causing bumper to bumper traffic.
GEORGE TOWN: The undersea tunnel linking the island to the mainland in Penang is still needed despite the opening of the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
The third link, the tunnel between Gurney Drive and Bagan Ajam, would serve as a development game-changer and catalyst for economic growth for north Seberang Prai.
“It will also reduce traffic congestion on the island,” he said in a press statement yesterday.
Lim was responding to calls by certain parties wanting the proposed third link to be scrapped.
“There were only two flimsy objections given – namely that there is no need for a third link as there are now two bridges to reduce the traffic congestion in the state, and environmental concerns of building an under-seabed tunnel.
“Any basic transportation study will bear out the premise that for an island, the more links the better in terms of reducing traffic bottlenecks and traffic congestion,” he said.
Lim said the tunnel would bring development to north Seberang Prai as central Seberang Prai could be served by the Penang Bridge and south Seberang Prai by the new bridge.
At another function, Lim said the Penang Government supported the Federal Government’s decision in naming the new bridge after the King.
“Naming the bridge comes under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government, and we support the choice that has been made,” he said at a press conference after a gotong-royong in Taman Hijau, Batu Lanchang here yesterday.
At a visit to the Government House, when Lim was asked about the toll rate for the new bridge, he declined to comment, as the fixing of the rate came under the purview of the Federal Government.
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