A massive road tunnel project worth as much as US$1.43 is being proposed in Malaysia. The tunnel would form part of the even larger Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), which is expected to cost up to $10.4 billion.
The tunnel link would measure 6.5km and provide a connection for three new key road sections. Building the tunnel will help improve transport for the area and also to and from the port, which is also seeing an expansion. The PTMP is intended to cover various transportation systems and services such as an elevated light rail transit (LRT), bus rapid transit (BRT), tram, taxi and also trucks and private vehicles. This will improve transport for Penang.
One of the roads will be the Tanjung Bungah-Teluk Bahang route. Another will be the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Highway-Bandar Baru Farlim route. And the third will be the Pankor Road-Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Highway. Meanwhile, the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT) has an Expansion Master Plan that is being reviewed by the Penang Port Commission (SPPP).