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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

BB Sentral Station be built as standalone

The BB Sentral Station will be built without integration with Bukit Bintang Plaza (BB Plaza), said a joint statement by MRT Corp and UDA Holdings today.

As such, access to the station will now be independent of the mall, but located along the five-foot way in front of BB Plaza, the statement said.

Several other access points to the station will also be built from the surrounding roads, it added.

MRT Corp and UDA issued the statement in response to recent media reports related to the construction of the BB Sentral Station, located near the plaza.

The statement said MRT Corp has revised the station design to avoid having direct integration with BB Plaza. However, the revised design allows for integration to take place later, if and when BB Plaza is re-developed in the future.

Thus, based on the revised standalone design, neither BB Plaza nor UDA office building need to be demolished to accommodate the construction of BB Sentral Station.

According to the statement, the standalone BB Sentral Station will be accessible from the ground level in front of BB Plaza. At all times during the construction, pedestrian access into BB Plaza from the front entrance will remain open, it said.

A covered walkway will be built for the safety of pedestrians and shoppers, while a hoarded entry into BB Plaza will also be built. “Business As Usual” signages will be put up at strategic sections of these hoardings, it said.

The statement said four businesses namely Gloria Jeans’ Coffees; Hot & Roll; Starbucks Coffee (seating area only); and MADO Ice Cream located outside BB Plaza will make way for the work. MRT is a new rail transport system for the Klang Valley.

The Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line runs for 51 km, from the north-west town of Sg Buloh to the south-east city town of Kajang. Upon completion, it will comprise 31 stations, and serve 1.2 million people along the route.

By Bernama

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