Penang is constructing the RM12.5 billion Electrified Double Tracking Project (EDTP)from Ipoh to Padang Besar. Some of the old railway station have to be demolished?
The Ipoh-Padang Besar project, covering 329km, is estimated to take five years to complete, and will be undertaken by MMC Corp Bhd and Gamuda Bhd.
"The five-year construction period is expected to push up growth in the economies of Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Perak, to 7.5 per cent per year from the current 5.9 per cent.
The double-tracking project will probably comprise 50 main contracts and 1,200 sub-contracts, and involve 50 consultants, 700 professionals and 1,500 non-professionals.
In addition, 4.2 million tonnes of aggregate, 1.2 million tonnes of cement, 300,000 tonnes of steel and 5,000 units of plant, heavy machinery and vehicles will be used.
Construction is expected to have minimal impact on the operation of the existing track, unlike the Ipoh- Rawang project where there is a 10-hour line block.
The Old Butterworth - Ipoh Road
Still remember the Nibong Tebal Railway Bridge, but now without the railway station....I was standing at the railway bridge when I first hitch hike to Kuala Lumpur during my school days. That was 40 years ago......it is a long time and since than I did not visit the town. But when the North South Highway was not ready, using the old road, Nibong Tebal is the town you must pass through; the railway track is at the left of the entrance road to the town. After passing the Nibong Town, you will see the Railway Bridge, before reaching the Perak border. In those days, whenever we reached Nibong Tebal Railway Bridge, either by train or bus/car; the railway bridge will reminded us that Penang border was going to be over, and we were entering Perak state.....
The 10m railway bridge built by the British colonial government in the 1800s has also vanished into thin air......
The North South Highway now by pass the town. The river still remain; but the railway station has gone, the iron railway bridge has gone. The new highway took away the traffic flow from the town. Nibong Tebal is now out of the highway, away from the heavy traffic.
Another old railway station in Nibong Tebal has been demolished on 26-1-2010. It was reported that the station is close to 70-100 years. However there is no documentary evidence to provide details. That is always the reason, so not heritage lah....
I do not know why KTM cannot spare the railway station?
Now it is gone.....
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For picture of Nobong Tebal Old Railway station,please visit http://mike-colourfulworld.blogspot.com/2010/01/malyn-nibong-tebal-railway-station.html
Forget about the railway station now, let us have some introduction on the Nibong Tebal town in my next blog.
1. Iron bridge over Sg Kerian has vanished(2009), by CHRISTINA CHIN, The Star online dated 12-12-2009, http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/12/12/nation/5262386&sec=nation