From 12:01 Saturday 27th July new road layout in Pulau Tikus, Penang – UPDATE

UPDATE – see below

A new one-way traffic system for Burmah Road, Kelawai Road and Gurney Drive loop will commence at 12.01am, Saturday 27 July 2013 on a 3 month trial.

one-way system

one-way system

For more detail see here or if you read Malay, here.

If you want to comment, you can email: Zainuddin bin Mohamad Sharif [zainuddin@mppp.gov.my]. I sent a comment, and received a prompt reply.

Yesterday people visited every house in our street handing out information about this change.

I hope it works.

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25th July UPDATE

The changes are progressing. On Gurney Drive:

  • Opposite Gurney Plaza, the on street angle-parking has been changed to parallel parking to give more road space – presumably allowing two lane lines to be marked.
more driving road space

more driving road space opposite Gurney Plaza

  • A new bump in the road opposite the Malay hawker Centre
a new bump

a new bump

  • New pedestrian traffic lights more or less opposite Seven Eleven – necessary, as Malaysians won’t stop for pedestrians on pedestrian crossings, whereas they mostly stop for red lights, with the exception of many motorbikes, of course.
2013-07-25 12.07.27

new pedestrian traffic lights being installed

  • Otherwise, some signs have been replaced but masked, ready for Saturday.

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JULY 27th UPDATE – Post implementation

  • At 12.20AM this morning it wasn’t really implemented. There were some barricades up to block cars chosing the wrong direction, and MPPP men with light wands trying to get cars to turn in the right direction, but mostly cars were going both directions on the newly appointed one way streets.
  • Around 12.20PM cars did seem to be following the new layout.  I drove around a little, and found there was quite a volume of cars, but mostly the traffic was flowing OK. But quite a lot of cars seemed to be displaced onto other roads, too. I think I got to my destination a little faster and more smoothly.
  • Anyway, so far, so good, as far as I can see.
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