GEORGE TOWN, April 15, 2015:
A proposed project to link Penang Island and the mainland was in the pipeline, said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. In announcing the project called Penang Sky Cab, Lim said the proposed project would connect the Penang Sentral Transportation Hub in Butterworth to Nordin Street Ghaut in George Town Lim said the project would improve connectivity between the mainland and island and create a one-stop transport system at Penang Sentral. The first phase of the Penang Sky Cab, proposed by Penang Sentral, would feature 40 cabins that could transport about 1,000 passengers both ways per hour. The aerial ride between the mainland and the island is expected to take only 15 minutes. “The project is now at an advanced exploratory stage and is expected to be ready by 2018,” he told a press conference at his office in Komtar here today. The project, stressed Lim, would be subjected to various approvals and Penang Sentral and the state government would also get the Penang Port Commission’s (PPC) views on it. “PPC does not have any objections to it as it does not obstruct the north channel or affect port activities.”
Lim said there was also a proposed observation tower in the north channel for passengers to stop and enjoy the view in the middle of the sea.