TAMBUN (Perak) – A new service road from the PLUS Highway to Jalan Tambun, Ipoh is expected to benefit some 10 million visitors and tourists to Sunway City Ipoh.
Officially opened today by Second Finance Minister and Tambun Member of Parliament, YB Datuk Ahmad Husni Hanadziah, the 750 m service road will also cut down travelling time along the Tambun / Ipoh and Ipoh / Tambun stretch by about 30 minutes.
The service road, which is the nearest exit from the North South Expressway to Ipoh City Centre via Jalan Tambun, will help motorists avoid the peak period congestion along Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah Utara.
Sunway City (Ipoh) Sdn Bhd contributed RM1.5 million of the RM11.5 million cost to build the road. A cheque for the sum was handed over today by Sunway Group Founder and Chairman, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah to Y.Bhg Dato’ Ir Dr Safry Kamal bin Hj Ahmad, Perak Director of Road Works Department at an official ceremony to open the service road.
Cheah said the State Government had invited Sunway City (Ipoh) Sdn Bhd to be a catalyst developer for the Eastern Corridor, in line with its (the State Government’s) ambition to promote recreation and tourism in Perak.
“In keeping with this, we identified accessibility to Tambun and its surrounding areas as a vital link to achieving their vision, and lobbied for the construction of this service road.
“To support the State Government initiative, we also added additional attractions to Sunway City Ipoh in Tambun such as Lost World of Tambun; the Extreme Park; shopping centre; commercial and residential township; the soon to be opened The Lost World Petting Zoo; ‘The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat’ 5-star wellness spa; and Lost World of Tambun Hotel,” he said.
Cheah said Sunway City (Ipoh) Sdn Bhd is keen to undertake more projects in Tambun to boost investors’ confidence in the township / state.
He said the opening of this new service road is a good start that will spur economic activity in Tambun. “Before it was constructed, the public had to travel to Tambun via the Ipoh North exit through Bandar Baru Tambun or Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah.
“Now, they have direct access to Jalan Tambun and Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, which is the lifeblood inking Tambun to Ipoh,” said Cheah.
He added that since Sunway City Ipoh had been identified in the Ipoh Structural Plan as a new growth area, thanks to its many attractions, this new service road will put Ipoh on the international tourism map once again.
Currently, Sunway City Ipoh receives some eight million visitations annually, and Cheah said he hopes the numbers will increase to 10 million as a direct result of all this new developments.