By: Rosli Mansor Ahmad Razali
Kuala Lumpur – The opening of the West Coast Expressway (WCE) will serve as yet another major gateway for tourists entering the state of Perak.
According to Lyndon Alfred Felix, Chief Executive Officer of WCE, the highway is expected to drive socio-economic growth and benefit coastal urban areas in Perak.
“Efficient and strategic highway connections will transform Perak into an easily accessible destination for both local and international tourists.
“With the completion of the Southern Taiping interchange and the highway’s terminus in Selangor, travel to the state of Perak, rich with attractive tourist destinations, will be facilitated.
“As part of the Visit Perak 2024 campaign, WCE is prepared to play a crucial role in driving the state’s economic growth and creating new opportunities for the local community,” he stated to Ipoh Echo after the Launching Ceremony of Visit Perak 2024 at NU Central, Kuala Lumpur, last Sunday.
The West Coast Expressway and the West Coast Highway are major highway projects in Malaysia, spanning 233 km from Banting, Selangor to Southern Taiping (Changkat Jering), Perak.
Furthermore, in Perak, WCE involves the final exit interchange, Southern Taiping, which directly connects with the North-South Expressway (PLUS) interchange at Changkat Jering.
“Starting from Hutan Melintang, this highway route will traverse Perak, passing through several exit interchanges, namely Teluk Intan, Lekir, Sitiawan, and Sitiawan Utara, which serves as the gateway to Pangkor Island.
“Additionally, the Changkat Chermin and Beruas exit interchanges will traverse the Perak Tengah district, leading to Trong and Southern Taiping.
“WCE represents our commitment to enhance and promote tourism in Perak, while offering an engaging travel experience to tourists in line with the TMP2024 slogan, ‘Promising Perak’,” he added.