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Rapid transit for KK on the cards
Published on: Monday, November 29, 2021
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Artist's impression of the skytrain.
Artist's impression of the skytrain.
KOTA KINABALU: The State Capital is set to have its own rapid transit system with the proposed deal involving four firms, including a subsidiary of the Sabah State Government's investment arm Qhazanah Sabah Bhd (QSB).

The subsidiary company, WHSB Ventures Sdn Bhd (WVSB), has teamed up with Vizione Construction Sdn Bhd, Sycal Skycity Sdn Bhd and Guangcai China (M) Sdn Bhd for the multi-billion ringgit project that would see a skytrain service connecting the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) to Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) via the City's downtown area.

Representatives of the four companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) here, Monday, to further explore the project's implementation.

“The objective of this MoU is to establish a formal non-binding collaboration and cooperation related to the preparation and the implementation of the project pending final negotiations leading to a formal binding agreement between the parties," WVSB said after the MoU signing ceremony.

The company said the massive project would be undertaken over two phases.

The first phase encompassed the first portion of the skytrain as well as a 64-hectare mixed commercial development to be built along the Likas Bay.

The first phase of skytrain would span a distance of 10.5 kilometres from KKIA to the city centre as well as the mixed development to be known as Jesselton New City.

WVSB said the first portion of the skytrain to be built over three years was estimated to cost nearly RM1bil and would be funded by a group of investors.

The company said the skytrain would run between KKIA, the KK Central terminal onto the Gaya Street terminal before ending up at a terminal in Jesselton New City.

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