Gerakan: Tunnel link will worsen traffic jams on island


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 19 Apr 2018

Solving congestions: Ooi showing a page of Barisan’s manifesto on improving the traffic dispersal system in Penang.

GEORGE TOWN: Penang island does not need an undersea tunnel to bring more traffic to its already congested north-east district, said state Kebun Bunga Gerakan coordinator Ooi Zhi Yi.

“Another link would only add to the congestion of areas such as Tanjung Bunga and Pulau Tikus which are already suffering from bad traffic.

“As a matter of fact, the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Bridge is still underutilised and there is no need for another link to connect the island and the mainland.

“In the event that Barisan Nasional Penang comes into power, we will cancel the undersea tunnel project between Bagan Ajam and Gurney Drive,” he told a press conference yesterday.

Ooi also took a swipe at the state government for its alleged over-politicking which had caused the transport and traffic problems to remain unsolved.

“Since Pakatan took over as the Penang government in 2008, the state’s transport plan remains as a plan until today, 10 years later.”

His comment came in the wake of a recent remark by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng who said the Opposition never had a concrete plan to reduce traffic congestion in the state.

Ooi said Barisan’s manifesto for Penang launched on Sunday listed overcoming traffic congestion as one of its six pledges.

“We will improve the traffic dispersal system as it is important to divert traffic out of the city to reduce traffic congestion.

“Penang Barisan will also increase the efficiency of the public transport system as well as the ‘park and ride’ facilities.

“Lack of car park space not only causes drivers to park their cars illegally, but the period that drivers go around looking for space is also a waste of time,” he said, adding that they pledged to build effective multi-storey car parks in critical areas.

Ooi said this was especially important as Penang faced major traffic challenges.

Among them were rapid growth in vehicle ownership, high private vehicle dependency and low public transport usage.

He added that the increase in traffic congestion was also due to high density development which was not in tandem with existing infrastructure facilities.

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