Why is the State Government building more highways when we are supposed to be advocating Public Transportation Vs Private vehicles?
It is common knowledge that that car ownership increase in Penang is inevitable with the fast-growing young population increasing affluence. As the State Government is targeting to achieve a 40:60 (public: private) mode share, road transport infrastructure is still required to cater for the 60% Private transportation.
Why can’t the State Government increase the quantity of public buses and the operational efficiency instead of building more highways?
Increasing bus quantity without freeing up the roads will not increase the operational efficiency. Existing and future growth of private vehicles need to be dispersed first to other road networks which have been strategically planned out. Ultimately, the target is to achieve a 40:60 mode share for Public and Private transportation via other efforts under the PTMP such as public transport strategy and institutional strategy.
What are the benefits of PIL 1 to the public?
At present, Penang is served with only one Spine road which is the Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu (LCE) Expressway which is experiencing congestion during peak hours. PIL1 is meant to serve as a Second Spine to the congested LCE Expressway. PIL1 will be a new bypass functioning as a Traffic Dispersal System with five (5) strategic Interchanges connecting Gurney Expressway, Jalan Paya Terubong, Jalan Tun Dr Awang, LCE and first and second bridge.
In sum, PIL1 is mean as an alternative to LCE Expressway. PIL1 will ultimately disperse traffic from the LCE Expressway allowing for better traffic flow for both private and public transports.
The Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu (LCE) Expressway was already congested not long after it was constructed. Will PIL 1 be facing the similar situation? How long can the PIL 1 sustain traffic flow without being congested?
The LCE Expressway is not a highway with controlled access. There are numerous entry/exit points along the alignment as this is the only Spine road connecting the island from North to South. Being underground & elevated, PIL1 will be access controlled to cater for future traffic growth.
What kind of tunnelling method will be used for PIL1?
The drill and controlled blast method will be used. This method is the most common method used for tunnelling in granite that has been adopted in Malaysia since the 1970s; including for the Genting Sempah Tunnel (Karak Expressway) and Menora Tunnel (North South Expressway).
The drill and controlled blast method is a safe and established method that takes into consideration all aspects related to ground movement and settlement.
What kind of safety measures for blasting works where it is adjacent to residential area?
Both DOE and JMG have set guidelines on the allowable vibration at sensitive areas such as residential due to controlled blasting works. The blast design will be developed in line with the allowable limits and trial blasts will be carried out to before actual works begin to ensure the works are in full compliance to relevant guidelines.
Part of the PIL1 alignment to be construct along the river reserve. What is the method and measure to protect the existing river during construction and post construction?
In line with DOE guidelines, the Land Disturbance Polution Prevention & Mitigation Measures (LDP2M2) plan will be developed during detailed design stage for approval by DOE. In this plan, details of mitigation measures such as check dams, silt traps, silt fences, sand bag perimeter bunds etc will be designed to ensure the existing rivers are not polluted. Besides this, the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) will also be submitted to DOE prior to construction.
The EMP entails the types of tests as well as the frequency of test to be carried out during the construction period. All test reports will need to be submitted to DOE periodically.
What are the safety measures to be complied to storage the explosive and transporting to site?
Any storage of explosive material will be subjected to approval by Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) in compliance to stringent requirements with regards to safety and suitability of the proposed locations. Basic requirements include minimum distance of 500m from any residential houses & armed guard security.
Explosive material will be transported in small quantity to site daily and any unused material for the day must be returned to the bunker.
What is the solution taken to preserve historical locations such as Bukit Bendera and Kek Lok Si temple?
In line with the Penang Hill Special area Plan, the PIL 1 highway is designed to be fully tunnel within the SAP boundary. This ensures the beauty and serenity of Penang Hill is preserved. As for Kek Lok Si temple, the alignment is approx. 500m away from the temple.
Such a distance means the temple is unaffected by the presence of PIL 1.
Any bore holes done till date (soil and rock testing)?
Yes. Bore hole have been conducted. However, more will need to be carried out during detail design stage to gather more info to ensure safe and efficient design of PIL 1
If the tunnel drilling through the Air Itam Hill, will it damaging the Air Itam Dam and Kek Lok Si temple?
The tunnel alignment is approx. 500m from both Air Itam Dam and Kek Lok Si temple. The drilling and controlled blasting has negligible impact in terms of vibration and settlement to structures or buildings at such distance. Air Itam Dam and Kek Lok Si are both safe.
Does the Traffic Management Plan consider the safety requirement of Disabled User?
The Detailed Traffic Management Plan which will be developed prior to construction for Local Authority approval will take into account the needs of relevant stakeholders including the disabled. Safety and security of all public is of the utmost priority.
How effective is the Traffic Management to alleviate the traffic during construction?
While public may experience certain degree of inconvenience during the construction period, this is short term pain for long term gain. All the necessary measures such as maintaining the number of lanes, comprehensive traffic signages and early notification will be done to minimise the inconvenience of road users during construction.
Limited work will be carried out during peak hours such as 7am to 9am and 5pm to 7pm.
Construction of tunnel will transfer out plenty tonnages of rock from the tunnel site by the large lorries. How is the road safety emphasis to the narrow road user and motorist?
Most buildings along Magazine road are over 100 years. LRT station will create the visual impact on the heritage buildings.
Penang Government through it state agency PDC has looked into a holistic development of Komtar rail interchange cum Transit Oriented Development (TOD). Komtar is a people centric point in George Town thus the station and tracks will enhance Komtar’s prominence. The station design will take into consideration the value of heritage buildings.
The Komtar station will be designed to have a facade that blends in with the surrounding existing heritage buildings.
Noise, vibration and dust impacts to the public during construction
Noise; Area sensitive to noise will be monitored before construction and throughout the construction duration to ensure noise levels generated are within DOE limits. If the limits will be exceeded, noise barriers will be installed. Vibration; machineries induce low level of vibration will be used and regular monitoring will be carried out to ensure compliance to DOE limits.
Vibration sensor will be installed at critical places likes hospital, heritage buildings and electronic factories to measure the vibration level in accordance to DOE limits. Dust; Work procedures to follow the guideline given by DOE in dust control.
All machineries to follow DOSH regulation. Water bowsers, road sweepers, wash bays will be provided at construction area.
The guarantee people could sleep as peacefully during the construction and operation
Construction will be carried out during normal hours. Some critical works that may obstruct traffic or pose safety hazard to public will be done outside of normal hours; this will be subject to approval from local authorities.
Does the project have its approval from the government, and why LRT not TRAM?
The Bayan Lepas LRT is in the final process of getting approval from the Federal Government tentatively before year end 2018. A range of suitable public transport mode has been considered to be introduced in PTMP. The state government has decided that the LRT system is the most suitable transport system to be used and LRT will be the “backbone” of the rail network for Penang Island. Multiple factors were taken into consideration before a transport system is selected which includes targeted travel demand, carrying capacity, performance for long route length, economic returns and social impact.
The State government has chosen the LRT system instead of a tram system as it can reduce the associated costs related to utilities relocation and land acquisition. At-grade or street running trams will result in more numbers of building owners to be relocated, which will change the social structure of the community.
s land is scarce in the Island, the LRT would be the most practical and cost-effective solution compared to other modes of transport.
LRT construction will create traffic congestion along the alignment especially at major roads?
During construction, Traffic Management Plan (TMP) will be implemented. The plan will involve diverting traffic to additional lanes, alternative routes and traffic control and protection. The plan also takes into account existing congestion areas and flood prone locations.
Traffic management teams will be deployed to control and monitor traffic movement throughout the construction duration.
LRT construction will worsen flood prone area along the alignment such as Jalan Tengah, Snake Temple, Airport roundabout and Sungai Tiram area.
During construction, Traffic Management Plan (TMP) will be implemented. The plan will involve diverting traffic to additional lanes, alternative routes and traffic control and protection. The plan also takes into account existing congestion areas and flood prone locations.
Traffic management teams will be deployed to control and monitor traffic movement throughout the construction duration.
How the public will get informed on the traffic scheme during the LRT construction. Where to complaint about the project
Public will be informed in advanced through newspaper, PTMP official website, pamphlets, radio announcement, respective ADUN office and public notices which will be placed at mosques and community centers. Any public complaint can be channel through project hotline, official project website or by walking in to the project office.
The hotline and official website will be established and announced once the project has started.
What is the most convenient way for users located out of 3km radius which has no feeder bus service available to use the transport system
User is encouraged to use Park and Ride (P&R) facility where user can park their vehicle at the nearest P&R facility and ride the LRT to their destination. There are 5 stations along the alignment that provide the P&R facilities with sufficient number of parking space.
Will the LRT alignment affect the Penang International Airport’s expansion?
The LRT alignment will be integrated with the future Penang’s International Airport expansion plan. Among the facilities to be expanded in the Airport expansion may include the main terminal, training centre, multi-storey car park and the new LCCT
When will the construction begin and when it start will operation?
The construction of Bayan Lepas LRT is targeted to commence in Q3, 2020 and the operation is targeted to start in Q4 2026.
Is there any chance for local to participate in the project?
Local can participate in the project in many ways such as contractors, suppliers, service providers, and there will be a lot of vacancies to be offered to locals both during construction and during operation.
Proposed LRT alignment will traverse through many schools. How about safety of children and parent during the construction?
LRT project will not compromise with the safety issues related to the public. Discussion with school will be conducted and dedicated TMP will be implemented for each school to ensure all the construction activities will comply to the safety procedures. Proper hoarding will be erected to prevent children/student from encroaching into the work areas. Machineries movement will be properly controlled especially during drop off and pick up times.
The school existing entrances will not be blocked and the movement of students will not be disrupted by any construction activities, walkways and pedestrian crossings will be maintained.
Partially alignment of LRT Is encroaching the bicycle track at some spots. Is the bicycle track is safe for the riders during the construction?
Access to bicycle track will be maintained during the construction period. Several bicycle track stretches along Lim Chong Eu Highway have been identified will be affected by the construction of LRT structures. These sections will be realigned prior to the construction work with proper concrete barricade to ensure safety to the cyclists.
There will be social issues with the large influx of foreign labour.
All the construction workers will be placed in the, Centralised Labour Quarters (CLQ). There are 5 CLQs that will be built to accommodate the foreign workers. The CLQs will have living amenities and facilities including the perimeter fence. Labour will not allowed to linger outside the compound.
Is it safe to travel under the structure which still under construction?