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14 May, 2008

Railway crossing to be closed

A MANNED railway crossing at Jalan Raja Sulong in Taiping, which is the access road leading to the densely populated Kampung Boyan and Aulong residential areas will be closed to traffic under the RM1.2bil electrified Ipoh-Padang Besar double track project.

Taiping Municipal Council secretary Shahrom Datuk Abdul Malek said residents would now have to use the alternative road, Jalan Raja Salim, located less than 2km away, to get to the two residential areas.

He said the reason behind the closure of the manned railway crossing was because there was no plan to build a flyover there.

“We are aware of the hardship road users have to face once the railway crossing is sealed off. 


Access route: Road users at the crossing.

“We have written to Keretapi Tanah Melayu, MMC-Gamuda and the Perak Government to ask them to rethink their decision and we hope a flyover can be built at Jalan Raja Sulong to accommodate road users,” he said, adding that the council had not received any positive response on the appeal.

He said the council only knew about the closure at a recent briefing on the electrified double track project by MMC-Gamuda JV representatives.

“We were told that a flyover would be built at Jalan Raja Salim but there is no plan to build one at Jalan Raja Sulong,” he said.

Meanwhile work on the RM2.1mil pedestrian-cum-motorcycle flyover in Jalan Air Kuning, Taiping, is expected to be completed mid-next month.

Perak MCA secretary Datuk Ho Cheng Wang who initiated the project said he hoped the public would use the flyover.

Ho said he initiated the project, which began on Nov 15, to prevent fatal accidents at illegal railway crossings in the vici-nity.

He, however, added that pedestrians and cyclists would find difficulty using the 200m-long flyover as it would be rather steep.

“But once the electrified double track project is completed, high fences will be built along the track to prevent trespassing and then users will eventually get used to the idea of using the flyover,” he told reporters when visiting the project site recently.

-- The Star --


 
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