West Coast Expressway to begin toll assortment

The Malaysian authorities has authorised West Coast Expressway Holdings Berhad for the 233 km stretch of freeway which connects Banting, Selangor with Taiping, Perak, efficient instantly, in response to the federal government gazette. The gazette acknowledged that toll assortment for this freeway is authorised for a interval of 44 years, from January 15, 2020 till December 19, 2063.

Constructed at a value of RM5.044 billion, the West Coast Expressway has 21 interchanges over its 233 km size, comprised of 11 in Perak and 10 in Selangor. The toll plazas for the WCE are positioned at Hutan Melintang, Teluk Intan, Kg Lekir, Sitiawan, Sitiawan North, Changkat Chermin and Beruas.

As of December, the WCE was at a 71% stage of completion with the opening of the stretch between the New North Klang Straits Bypass (NNKSB, or Shapadu Highaway) and the Bandar Bukit Raja (North) elevated intersection.

West Coast Expressway toll charges – click on to enlarge

The West Coast Expressway runs parallel to the PLUS-operated North-South Expressway, and is predicted to alleviate the NSE of some site visitors in addition to to offer extra connectivity to cities alongside the west coast. Building of the WCE was initially slated for completion on the finish of 2019, nonetheless delays stemmed from land acquistion proceedings and route alignment plans by the earlier authorities, The Star reported.

The WCE can also be unlikely to be a goal of the federal government’s plan to purchase again highways, mentioned West Coast Expressways Holdings CEO Datuk Neoh Quickly Hiong. That is on condition that the federal government seems to be focusing takeover consideration upon accomplished highways, and there are adequate clauses within the concession settlement to guard WCE if a state of affairs for a takeover arises, the report famous.

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