George Town World Heritage guidelines state that future developments in the Unesco zones shall not impact or demolish any part of the former colonial city’s heritage buildings.
In compliance with the heritage guideline, the tram will be the best transit solution to ensure the conservation of George Town’s unique characteristics, heritage architecture, culture and cityscape.
The proposed 2km tram line within the Unesco World Heritage Site will be at-grade (on-ground) and feed into the Komtar interchange station to seamlessly integrate with the Bayan Lepas LRT and the future two transit lines from Air Itam and Tg Tokong, which will not enter the Unesco heritage zones.
The George Town Tram line will revive the old pre-independence tram in the historic George Town area, making it a tourist attraction at strategic points of interest. The line, which will have six stations, is proposed to start at Komtar and end at the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal.
Besides providing convenient hop-on hop-off connectivity within the city, complementing the CAT e-Bus services, the tram’s stop at the ferry terminal will also enable travellers to reach Butterworth by sea.
This component is still a proposal and subject to approval and changes in the future.