The West Coast Expressway (WCE) is a new expressway that will be built on the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia, connecting Taiping, Perak to Banting, Selangor. The 233km expressway (involving 172 kilometers in Perak) will be the third longest highway after the 966km North-South Expressway and 330km East Coast Highway.
WCE is planned and designed in such a way so that it is well-connected to the existing highways, in order to maximize its coverage and gives the road users more options while travelling. The entire expressway with 21 interchanges (10 in Selangor and 11 in Perak) will provide convenience to users to plan and travel more efficiently. It will have facilities and services such as Rest & Service Area (RSA), Lay-Bays, 24 hours traffic control surveillance system, 24 hours highway patrol service and emergency telephone – to be provide every 2km.
The stretch between Tanjung Karang to Hutan Melintang and Teluk Intan to Kampung Lekir will be on the existing stretch of Federal route meanwhile the stretch between Parit to Siputeh will be on the existing stretch of Federal route which both will be upgraded as part of the expressway. The expressway will have a closed toll system like North-South Expressway.
The Expressway is expected to stimulate growth in areas stretching from Taiping to Banting on the west coast of Perak and Selangor. Beneficiaries include several sectors such as real estate, industrial and tourism, in areas such as Lenggong, Taiping and Pangkor in Perak and Banting and Sepang in Selangor. On a logistics standpoint, this would be favourable for industrial areas located between the two international ports such as Shah Alam and Banting as the WCE will provide easy accessibility thus increasing economic and industrial activity, enabling these areas to thrive. The WCE is expected to accelerate the development of Perak‘s tourism sector, especially in the northern, north-western and western region, covering Lenggong, Taiping and Pangkor with enhanced accessibility to these areas.
Link planned from Banting to Taiping
PETALING JAYA: The West Coast Highway project linking Banting to Taiping has been identified as one of the areas for expansion of the North-South Expressway under the 10th Malaysia Plan.
Malaysian Highway Authority director-general Datuk Ismail Md Salleh said the Senawang section has been identified as another stretch for expansion.
“The expansion of the North-South Expressway will be implemented over five years,” he told reporters after the launch of the Touch ’n Go customer service counter at the North Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) Petronas station here yesterday. Seven highway projects at an estimated cost of RM19bil are among 52 high-impact projects worth RM63bil to be implemented under the 10MP. Other high-impact projects included two coal-powered electricity generation plants and 3,300-acre land development in Sungai Buloh.
Meanwhile, Touch ’n Go users can now reload their cards at no extra charge at the first service counter at the NKVE Petronas station.
The counter, which was opened yesterday, will also sell Touch ’n Go cards and SmartTags as well as offer rebate redemption, card replacement and handling of customer enquiries from 9am to 9pm.
With the launch of the counter, the reload lane at Subang toll plaza will be converted to dedicated Touch ’n Go lane to ease congestion there.
Source: The Star – 23 July, 2010