FOREWORD BY RIGHT HONOURABLE CHOW KON YEOW
CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
To be a vibrant and liveable city, Penang needs holistic transport links and comprehensive efforts to cater to the growing population.
Over the past 30 years, Penang has failed to overcome traffic congestion thus resulting in present day traffic woes. Upon taking up office in 2008, the new Penang State Government set up the Penang Transport Council (PTC) which supports further studies and implementation of the Penang Transport Master Plan (TMP) in an effort to ease traffic congestion in the state.
The TMP study took 18 months to complete. This study was conducted by the AJC Planning Consultants Sdn Bhd in collaboration with Halcrow Consultants Sdn Bhd and Singapore Cruise Centre Pte Ltd. This study covers the entire Penang Island and Seberang Perai. The result is a balanced approach that combines the construction of new highways and an integrated public transport system. The TMP study was divided into five (5) main components:
- Highway Strategy
- Public Transport Strategy
- Water Study
- Institutional Plan
This study was accepted by the State Government officially on 25 March 2013 for implementation by all agencies and departments involved. Subsequently, Zenith BUCG was appointed on 6 October 2013 to implement three (3) highway projects and the construction of an undersea tunnel. Later, the State felt that the methods for implementing other strategies in the TMP should be carried out holistically. Thus, in May 2014, the State Government decided to implement the TMP by using the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) concept. PDP is the implementing partner together with the State Government in building, designing and managing the contractors who will be appointed to carry out the TMP. This clearly proves that the State Government is committed to implementing projects that benefit the people of Penang.
On 8 August 2014, the State Government called for Request for Proposal (RFP) to bid for the overall implementation of the Penang Transport Master Plan . The response was very overwhelming. A total of 62 sets of tender documents were sold. The briefing was also well received. Tenderers requested for an extension of time of the deadline for submission of the RFP. On 16 February 2015, the RFP submission closed. A total of six (6) RFP documents were received. The State Government together with the appointed financial consultant, KPMG Corporate Advisory Sdn Bhd assessed the proposals covering areas like the technical aspects, the method of financing and the feasibility of the proposed project. The process to evaluate and select the successful tenderer took about six (6) months.
On 14 August 2015, the State Government officially announced the appointment of SRS Consortium as the PDP for the overall implementation strategy of the Penang Transport Master Plan from now until 2065 (covering a span of 50 years). With this appointment, the State Government will work closely with the SRS Consortium to finalise the first phase of the implementation and the agreement which is expected to be signed by the end of 2016. This includes finalising the alignment of highways and roads, the network of the Light Rail Transit (LRT), the Sky Cab and the Undersea Tunnel at Gurney Drive.
We look forward to working closely with the Federal Government and other related government agencies for better coordination to ensure that our transport network will eventually be integrated seamlessly and together head towards a common goal for the benefit of the commuters. This will also enable Penangites to utilise public transportation and slowly migrate the community from using private vehicles to public transportation.
“MOVING PEOPLE, NOT VEHICLES”
RT.HON. CHOW KON YEOW