Plans that have been put in place to enhance accessibility and mobility in the western regions of the Klang Valley are expected to give the landscape there a considerable economic boost.
Market analysts say the infrastructure enhancements already taking shape in Western Klang Valley are encouraging new developments and having a positive effect on the value of existing properties in surrounding areas.
Property consultant CH William Talhar & Wong (WTW) said in its 2016 market report that the big infrastructure investments could generate many downstream economic activities in areas that could only be previously accessed by state roads, and the creation of new highway links could also give neighbouring Perak a boost. Specifically, the company foresees increased development in the residential, office and industrial subsectors.
The West Coast Expressway (WCE) in particular will provide a positive impact, directly linking areas like Lumut Port and Kamunting Industrial Park in Perak to Port Klang in Selangor.
WCE is also expected to unlock convenient access to tourism hotspots such as Kuala Selangor, Teluk Intan, Pulau Pankor and Taiping. This, in turn, will create more job opportunities that will contribute some RM100 billion to the gross national income over the next 10 years.
The new expressway will be an alternative to the North-South Expressway, and it is planned with 21 interchanges located along the west coast of the peninsula. The total length is said to be 316km, and work on WCE has been divided into eight packages that are targeted for completion by 2018.
Additionally, the upcoming bus rapid transit (BRT) line linking Kuala Lumpur and Klang, to be built along the middle of Federal Highway, is also due to be ready in 2018. Construction of the 34km line is expected to start sometime in mid-2017 and there will be about 25 stations en route.
According to the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), the first stage of progress will be the widening of the Federal Highway so it can accommodate the BRT line. SPAD said the main advantage of the line will be to cut the travelling time between KL and Klang down from the current average of 70 minutes to just 40 minutes, without traffic hindrance.
A ridership of over 800,000 is expected for the BRT project and 80 per cent of the KL-Klang BRT line will be conveniently connected to light rail transport (LRT) and KTM Komuter stations as well as other bus route links.
Furthermore, the proposed LRT Line 3 to be developed under the Urban Rail Development Plan aims to connect the Bandar Utama suburb to Klang with 25 stations along the way. It will serve as a backbone for rail services between the western corridor of Klang Valley and the KL city centre via the integration of five key stations: One Utama with the Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT line; Station 3 with the Kelana Jaya line; Stadium and SIRIM with BRT KL-Klang, and Klang with the KTM Komuter Batu Caves-Pelabuhan Klang line.
Selangor’s Public Transport Master Plan Study cites a target figure of 60 per cent of the state’s working populace using public transportation on a daily basis. To cope with this lofty target, it has called for a structured plan to increase the number of commercial and residential developments located close to upcoming stations. It has also promoted the concept of shaping transportation hubs as high-density transit oriented developments (or TODs) to maximise convenience and accessibility.