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Penang says goodbye to the long servicing ferries

Penang says goodbye to the long servicing ferries

The news about Penang ferry service being suspended during August 2020 had become a huge topic back then. The upgrading plans that was placed ahead of this 126-year of long service ferry had been revealed today by Prasarana Malaysia Bhd.

There will be a restructuring at the entity providing this service, where the ferry service will be taken over by Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB) starting 1 Jan 2021.

There will be refurbishments at the terminal and unfortunately, these ferries will be replaced by waterbus. It is estimated that the work will take about 10 to 12 months.

How will things be during the refurbishment?

According to PPSB chairman, Tan Teik Cheng, they will be moving away from transporting cars and will be focusing on providing better service for pedestrians. The rationale of this is that Penang has 2 bridges available and only 20% of the users of this bridge are cars.

Meanwhile, for passengers who wish to use the ferry service, they would have to use the present cruise terminal at the Swettenham Pier at King Edward Place. A new bus stop would be built near the pier to facilitate passengers to get to the terminal.

On the Butterworth side, a pontoon would be put up adjacent to the existing ferry terminal to help in the transfer of passengers. Shuttle services would be provided on both sides.

The great news is, the fare will be maintained at RM1.20 for adults and RM0.60 for children, senior citizens and the disabled.

There’s a saying which is “the new doesn’t come when the old doesn’t go”. Do you find this upgrade a positive news for Penangites and those who want to visit Penang? Drop your thoughts in the comment section below.

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