Perak has recently announced its plans for its own Light Rail Transit (LRT) service that consists of 28 new stations with a rout of 58 kilometres as part of the Draft Ipoh City Local Plan 2035 (Replacement).
The project is expected to have 2 different routes, which includes the Meru – Ipoh – Batu Gajah route (30km) and the Bandar Sunway – Ipoh – Simpang Pulai route (28km) and has a promised service frequency of 6 minutes.
According to Astro Awani, it is said that these proposed routes and stations will improve the traffic in the town and contribute to economic growth.
Another aim of this project is to connect the main towns in Ipoh and provide the people who stay in the area an option to commute to work in order to avoid the peak hours on the road.
Apart from LRT stations, the State Housing, Tourism and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi said they will be accompanied by other conveniences such as transit buses, trams and cabs to increase the mobility of the people in Ipoh.
However, Datuk Nolee said the cost and duration of the project is still in observation and discussion. Hence, no expectations has been set and given.
As for the different routes, the proposed stations are:
- Meru Raya, Jelapang, Manjoi, Silibin, Medan Kidd, main station, UTC Ipoh, Pasir Puteh, Pasir Pinji, Falim, Menglembu, Pengkalan, Station 18, Lahat, Batu Gajah Perdana dan Batu Gajah. (First route)
- Bandar Sunway, Tambun, Ipoh Garden, Stadium, Hospital, Medan Raya and then through the main station towards Maju Rapat, Medan Gopeng, Gunung Rapat, Taman Chempaka, Ampang dan Simpang Pulai. (Second route)
Despite being a great plan, there were some locals were not impressed by it. Most were skeptical about the cost of the project and said that it could be another white elephant project.
Some also pointed out that the traffic in the city is not as bad as Kuala Lumpur and the authorities should instead focus on improving road conditions and the drainage system.
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