Perak Road is one of the longest streets in George Town, Penang. It acts as the first ring road of the city. George Town's one-way road system has fragmented Perak Road into many parts, some of which are today one-way streets. Between Burmah Road and Peel Avenue, traffic flows northwards. Between Peel Avenue and Macalister Road, it flows southwards. Between Macalister Road and Anson Road it flows northwards. Between Anson Road and Dato Kramat Road, it flows southwards. Between Dato Kramat Road and Jalan Bagan Serai, it is two ways, and between the Jelutong Main Road junction and Jalan Bagan Serai, it is northwards.
On its long course through the city, Perak Road passes from the working class neighbourhoods to the south, through the Malay settlements in the middle, and then to the affluent neighbourhoods to the north. Some of the oldest Malay villages in Penang are located off Perak Road, along the banks of the Sungai Pinang, where early settlers arrived by boats. This low-lying area around Counter Hall is prone to flash floods which has somewhat been mitigated by improved drainage.
Condominiums, Apartments and Flats in the Perak Road neighbourhood
Perak Road is a densely populated residential area in Penang. Facing the road itself are old houses that may make way for development soon. High-rise apartments and condominiums jostle for space on the many roads branching off Perak Road, the tallest under construction reaches a height of forty-five storeys. Logan Road was first developed with low-rise apartments in the late 1980s, and was followed by Van Praagh Road, which has taller apartment blocks.
31 October, 2014: A stretch of Perak Road between the Jalan Jelutong intersection to the Solok Perak junction will be turned into a one-way street beginning midnight on 1 November, 2014. Thereupon, traffic will flow in a clockwise direction involving Perak Road, Solok Perak and a stretch of the Jelutong Main Road between Solok Perak and Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim.
The new traffic flow will go through a three-month testing period. If you have any questions, you may get in touch with the officers at the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) at 04 259 2202 (Puan Noor Rafidah Ahmed) and 04 259 2015 (Encik Zainuddin Mohamad Shariff).
New traffic flow on a stretch of Perak Road, Solok Perak and Jelutong Main Road beginning 1 November, 2014 (31 October, 2014)
New signboard at south end of Perak Road informing of new traffic flow (31 October, 2014)
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