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Sandakan bus terminal's slow progress
Published on: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Sandakan: Sandakan Member of Parliament, Stephen Wong, said work on the Sandakan Integrated Bus Terminal had dragged on far too long and wants it completed fast.

Speaking after visiting the terminal at Mile 2.5, Friday, Stephen said construction work started in 2012 and continue to be delayed.

"I am sad over the progress of the Sandakan Integrated Bus Terminal as it was way behind the schedule.

The terminal shall be completed on schedule however, There were several issues raised which led to its delay.

"However, I urged the Sandakan Municipal Council to come up with a solution thus solving the raised issues immediately," said Wong, who is also Minister of Health and People's Wellbeing.

He said the current temporary terminal at Bandar Lee Tat caused discomfort not only for passengers and bus operators but business premises at the area.

The terminal for picking up passengers and four lanes for dropping off passengers, besides having a computerised system to be used for purchasing tickets, including through the internet, and to display the bus departure and arrival times.

When fully operational, the terminal would accommodate between 30 to 50 express buses or 2,000 commuters a day and 70 buses going in and out of the terminal during peak hours.

There will also be 16 retail and dining spaces and a large waiting area for passengers at the two-storey bus terminal on an 11-acre site. It would be the first in the State to use the computerised system. - Winnie Kasmir

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