Update #1: TRANSIT notes that there are some broken links on this page. We are trying to find the original images to upload.
Site Plan / Pelan Tapak
The images below show the proposed Malacca Aerorail design, including route maps and stations. It is interesting to see how the Malacca LRT has now become an “Aerorail” design. Are Malacca residents ready to try out a relatively untested public transport technology in their city?
All images above are courtesy of Aerorail.net
The majority of congestion problems in Malacca can be found in the old city (Jalan Laksamana) and the reclaimed sea front area (Plaza Mahkota / Banda Hilir and Kota Laksamana areas).
The Aerorail as originally proposed would have extended all the way from Jalan Tun Ali to Banda Hilir. It was originally said to be following Jalan Hang Tuah, crossing the Melaka River at the Clock Tower – which would have a clear impact on the heritage core area & buffer zone.
However, as you can see in the image below the current proposal goes nowhere near the heritage core area (in pink) and buffer zone (in yellow):
This is a very interesting situation. The Aerorail will operate over existing roads but in areas that are not very much congested. For this reason, we still ask the following questions:
- How will the Aerorail actually improve traffic congestion in Malacca?
- Are these improvements worth the cost of the proposed Aerorail?
- Will the Aerorail be integrated with the existing bus-based public transport system?
- How will people reach the heritage areas and Banda Hilir?
Without a complete and integrated public transport plan, the Aerorail will just be a nice gimmick, attracting attention but not solving the real problems.
We conclude our observations with two images, showing a model of the proposed Aerorail station, which as you can see is pretty close to the ground level. We will try to find more information about the size of the station, planned capacity, whether it will be accessible (or not) and other details.
As above, your feedback is quite welcome.