Penang’s ferry just for bicycles, bikes from Jan 1

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The ferry service for bikes and bicycles is between Pangkalan Sultan Abdul Halim in Butterworth and Pangkalan Raja Tun Uda on the island. (Bernama pic)

GEORGE TOWN: The long-lasting ferry service in Penang can solely be utilized by motorcyclists and cyclists beginning Jan 1, stated Penang Port Fee (SPPP) chairman Tan Teik Cheng.

Tan stated ferry providers for four-wheeled automobiles would not be supplied from the stated date, which is in step with Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong’s assertion on Thursday concerning the service.

“The ferry service operation for bikes and bicycles is between Pangkalan Sultan Abdul Halim in Butterworth and Pangkalan Raja Tun Uda on the island.

“Beginning Jan 1 too, there shall be a ferry service for passengers, specifically pedestrians, through the use of quick ferry boats from Pangkalan Sultan Abdul Halim to the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal on the island,” he stated in a press release immediately.

He stated using quick ferry boats and the prevailing ferries was an interim measure earlier than the introduction of the brand new ferries, specifically “water buses” and “automobile transporters” on July 1, 2022 or earlier.

Tan stated throughout the interim interval, each Pangkalan Sultan Abdul Halim and Pangkalan Raja Tun Uda could be renovated and upgraded to function new ferries (water buses and automobile transporters) with a purpose to present a extra environment friendly ferry service and extra comfy terminals for all customers.

“SPPP offers its assurance that the ferry service is not going to be interrupted though there are renovation works at each terminals and throughout the interim interval the prevailing ferry fares shall be maintained,” he stated.

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In the meantime, Tan stated a shuttle bus service to take passengers from the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal to Pangkalan Raja Tun Uda could be supplied freed from cost for pedestrians utilizing the quick ferry boats.

“This shuttle bus service is supplied freed from cost to take passengers who disembark on the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal to Pangkalan Raja Tun Uda to make it simpler for them to get a bus or taxi service to proceed their journey.”

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