In the past few months, there have been several announcements of several infrastructure developments that are expected to enhance not just various neighbourhoods, but also the construction and real estate industries, and the national economy.
It is worthwhile for home buyers to be aware of the various transportation infrastructure developments that will emerge in upcoming years as they are likely to enhance accessibility for various neighbourhoods. Neighbourhoods that benefit from such infrastructure developments are likely to become more attractive for home buyers that are seeking homes that are affordable.
Among those that had been highlighted in recent months include the Sungai Besi – Ulu Kelang Expressway (SUKE), West Coast Expressway (WCE), Damansara Shah Alam Highway (DASH), East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE), East Coast railway line along Gemas – Mentakab, Jerantut – Sungai Yu, and Gua Musang – Tumpat, the proposed Duta – Ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE) Phase 3, the LRT 3 Line along Bandar Utama – Johan Setia, the Sungai Buloh – Serdang – Putrajaya (SSP) MRT Line, and the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High Speed Rail (KLS HSR) along Bandar Malaysia – Jurong East. SUKE is expected to have interchanges in several neighbourhoods, such as Sri Petaling, Sg. Besi, Alam Damai, Cheras – Kajang, Taman Bukit Teratai, Taman Putra, Taman Permai, Taman Dagang, Ampang, Taman Hill View, and Ulu Kelang.
This expressway is expected to become an alternative route for the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2), and is intended to solve traffic congestion along the existing traffic linkages at Cheras, Pandan Indah, and Ampang. This expressway is designed to link with several highways in the eastern Klang Valley areas, such as MRR2, DUKE, Ampang Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH), Besraya Highway (BESRAYA), Kuala Lumpur – Seremban Expressway, Cheras – Kajang Expressway, and Shah Alam Expressway (SAE). It is expected to eventually serve as an effective and high capacity traffic dispersal scheme for eastern Klang Valley areas.
The WCE commences at a junction with Selangor State Road B18 which runs from Banting in Selangor, and ends at the ramp of Changkat Jering toll plaza of the North-South Expressway at Taiping in Perak. It is planned and designed to be well-connected to existing highways such as the North South Expressway (PLUS), South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE), North Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), New North Klang Straits Bypass (NNKSB), Kuala Lumpur – Kuala Selangor Expressway (LATAR), and KESAS.
This expressway is expected to neighbourhoods such as Hutan Melintang, Bagan Datoh, Teluk Intan, Lekir, Sitiawan, Parit, Trong, Meru, Shah Alam, Klang, and Banting. WCE would have several interchanges, such as Banting, SKVE, SAE, NKVE, NNKSB, Kapar, Assam Jawa, Tanjung Karang, Hutan Melintang, Teluk Intan, Kg Lekir, Changkat Chermin, Beruas, and Taiping South.
This development is expected to spur development in the coastal areas in the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
The proposed DUKE Phase 3 is expected to traverse from the north to the south of Kuala Lumpur, serving areas including Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Wangsa Maju, Setiawangsa, Ampang, and Tun Razak Exchange. It is expected to provide an alternative route for road users with an improved and more efficient traffic dispersal system in and around the Kuala Lumpur city centre.
The whole alignment starts from One Utama Station, ends at Johan Setia depot, and goes through the Persada PLUS station, and Bukit Raja station. Among the proposed stations for this line include Tropicana, Dataran Prima, Glenmarie, Section 14 Shah Alam, i-City, Klang, Taman Selatan, and Bandar Botanik.
In the case of the Sungai Buloh – Serdang – Putrajaya MRT line, it is expected to serve a corridor with a population of around 2 million people. The line will stretch from Sungai Buloh to Putrajaya, and will include Sri Damansara, Kepong, Batu, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Jalan Tun Razak, KLCC, Tun Razak Exchange, Kuchai Lama, Seri Kembangan, and Cyberjaya.
As for the Kuala Lumpur Singapore High Speed Rail, the stops within Malaysia will be located at Bandar Malaysia, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat, and Nusajaya. The terminal station in Singapore will be located at Jurong East, where the Jurong Country Club is now located.
With the wide range of transportation infrastructure developments taking place in the next few years, home buyers should have more options in finding a home that will make the homes of loved ones, schools, and work places accessible.