Sarawak to scrap all ferry services by 2025

KUCHING: Sarawak aims to complete nine major bridge projects along its coastal road network, replacing ferry services, by 2025.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (pic) said this included the Batang Lupar bridge, which will replace the Triso ferry service where an accident on New Year’s Day claimed nine lives after the vehicle they were in plunged into the river.

“The state government has approved all these bridge projects. The Batang Lupar bridge is the only one yet to commence but the allocation is there and we have tendered the project.

“By 2025 all the bridge projects will be completed and there will be no more ferries, ” he told reporters after attending the ground-breaking ceremony for a new sports, community and innovation hub at Batu Kawah here yesterday.

Abang Johari said construction of the RM848mil Batang Lupar bridge was expected to take four years.

“It will be the longest bridge, over 5km long. The second longest is the Batang Lassa bridge which is already under construction, ” he said, adding that all the bridges would be toll-free.

The other bridges being built along the coastal road are the Rambungan, Saribas, Krian, Batang Paloh, Batang Igan, Rajang and Kemena bridges.

The state government took over the Batang Lupar, Batang Igan and Rambungan bridge projects after they were cancelled by the Pakatan Harapan administration.

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