The George Town–Butterworth LRT is a proposed railway connecting George Town on the island of Penang to Butterworth on the mainland side of Penang state.
The George Town–Butterworth Line was added to the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) in 2022 and has not been approved. The most recent announced proposed that the line should be via an undersea tunnel.
The George Town–Butterworth LRT would connect the Bayan Lepas LRT and the KTM railway station in Butterworth.
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Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP)
The Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) includes all of the proposed public transport lines. The map shows the proposed route of the George Town–Butterworth LRT
LRT linking Penang Island and Butterworth closer to reality – [22/11/23]
“In a significant move towards the realisation of the Penang Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, the Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) has initiated a call for tender to appoint a research consultant.”
Experts cautiously optimistic about Penang’s underground LRT – [24/08/23]
“A proposal to run Penang’s LRT line underground within the city limits here and link it to Seberang Perai via an undersea tunnel has left experts cautiously optimistic.”
Cross channel LRT link may be undersea, says Penang CM – [18/08/23]
“The proposed cross channel light rail transit (LRT) link, connecting Penang island and Butterworth, may be an undersea link.”
“MRT Corp had proposed the cross channel link to be undersea, which will be connected to an underground interchange, right in the heart of George Town city.”
Penang will pursue the George Town–Butterworth LRT link, says Penang CM – [16/01/23]
“The George Town–Butterworth LRT is a proposed extension of the BL LRT, which serves to connect the mainland KTMB railway line to the BL LRT at the Penang Sentral Transport Hub.”
Planning new rail link across channel – [28/11/22]
“The state government will work on the implementation of the George Town-Butterworth Rail Line to reduce the congestion experienced on the Penang Bridge every day.
The rail line linking the island and mainland is a new component in the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), said Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.”
Help us realise George Town – Butterworth Rail Line project, CM Chow urges new Federal Govt – [24/11/22]
“Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow has expressed hopes that the new Federal Government could help Penang to establish the George Town – Butterworth Rail Line to reduce the number of vehicles on the Penang Bridge every day.”
Penang told to build cross channel rail instead of undersea tunnel – [17/04/18]
“The state government of Penang should build a cross-channel rail link and improve the existing ferry service instead of constructing an undersea tunnel, according to Penang Forum spokesman Datuk Anwar Fazal in a report by The Edge.”
LRT across the sea to mainland in the works – [17/12/15]
“There are plans for a fourth link between Penang island and the mainland – a light rail transit (LRT) track across the sea.”
Cross-channel rail should link Penang Island to mainland inter-city trains – [04/01/13]
“Guest writer German urban planning expert Alex Koenig shares with us his views about the transport challenges facing Penang.”