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Malaysia’s Bayan Lepas light rail project advances

Eight submissions received for pre-qualification to build and maintain the 30km Bayan Lepas light rail project.

A map of the proposed Bayan Lepas – Komtar LRT project. Stop names are provisional. Penang Government

Eight submissions have been received from local and international consortia for pre-qualification to build and maintain the 30km (18.6-mile) Bayan Lepas light rail project. The next stage will be a bidding exercise, expected to take four months. It is hoped that construction work will start in the fourth quarter of 2023.

The 27-stop scheme has been planned since 2015 and will link Komtar (Pranging Mall) in Georgetown with Permatang Damaur Laut in the south of the island, including a terminus at Lapangan Terbang international airport. It then continues on to the depot site on reclaimed land on Pulau A.

The first phase of the LRT project is estimated at RM10bn and is one of 126 projects under development as part of the 12th Malaysia Plan.

Once reclamation of three Pulau lslands is complete, passenger service will be extended to the new areas. At the Georgetown end there will be interchange with the planned line to Penang Central and Butterworth and island monorails. A public consultation exercise showed 98% in favour of the scheme.