Perak is well-connected to the rest of Peninsular Malaysia with a vast network of roads and highways that link all major cities within the state. Travel time can be cut significantly with the use of the major highways – for example the North-South Expressway (NSE) that passes through Perak from its south-most quarter to the north-most. Travel between Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh takes around two hours, while a journey along the Penang-Ipoh route takes around one and a half hours.
Work is also underway to introduce the West Coast Expressway (WCE) to the state, with plans to commence service in 2019. This expressway will connect Taiping in Perak to Banting in Selangor and will greatly improve the connectivity in the coastal areas of the two states.
Perak’s railway service affords greater accessibility to commuters, connecting Tanjung Malim in the south and Parit Buntar in the north. For those looking to travel inter-state, the Electric Train Service (ETS) running between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur Sentral runs several times a day, taking only two hours and 15 minutes to complete the journey. Towards the end of 2015, the ETS service will reach Padang Besar, the northern-most station in Malaysia. The travelling time from Kuala Lumpur Sentral to Padang Besar will be reduced from 12 hours to just four hours and 15 minutes. This will greatly improve connectivity in the northern states of Malaysia.
The Ipoh Cargo Terminal (ICT), Malaysia’s premiere inland port, is the heart of import and export within and around the Kinta Valley. The ICT allows manufacturers and traders to transport their products straight from Ipoh to Port Klang via railway.
For more info, log on to www.ictipoh.com.my.
The Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, Perak’s sole domestic airport, has been in use for the state since the 1980s. Capable of accommodating both small and large commercial aircrafts such as the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320, the airport offers multiple daily flights to both domestic destinations and neighbouring Singapore.
Perak has two seaports located in the Manjung District, Lumut Maritime Terminal (LMT) and Lekir Bulk Terminal, both dedicated to the handling of dry and liquid bulk cargos such as coal, limestone, petroleum products and raw fabrication materials. The Lumut Port Industrial Park located adjacent to the LMT is mostly occupied by heavy industries such as oil and gas fabrication, shipbuilding and bio-diesel plants.
For more info, log on to: www.lumutport.com