Cheras–Kajang Expressway

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E7 Expressway
Cheras–Kajang Expressway
Route information
Maintained by Grand Saga Sdn Bhd
Length: 11.5 km (7.1 mi)
Existed: 1998 – present
History: Completed in 1999
Major junctions
North end: Cheras Sentral (Plaza Phoenix) on Cheras Highway, Kuala Lumpur
  1 Cheras Highway
3211 Jalan Balakong
1 Jalan Cheras-Kajang
E18 Kajang Dispersal Link Expressway
--- Kajang Bypass
South end: Saujana Impian Interchange, Kajang, Selangor
Location
Primary
destinations:
Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Cheras, Kajang, Semenyih, Seremban
Highway system

The Cheras–Kajang Expressway (CKE, E7) (Malay: Lebuhraya Cheras-Kajang) is an expressway in Klang Valley that links the incorporated township of Cheras, Kuala Lumpur to the town of Kajang in Selangor, Malaysia.

Route background[edit]

The Kilometre Zero is counted from the Kuala Lumpur city centre, while the expressway begins at Plaza Phoenix in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur as Kilometre 10.

History[edit]

The expressway is part of a major expansion of Jalan Cheras (Cheras Road), also known as Federal route 1, which consisted of a two-lane intercity road between Kajang and Cheras. Construction of the expressway commenced in late 1998 and, at a cost of RM275 million, was completed and began tolling on January 15, 1999.[1] Having assumed a new name, the "Cheras–Kajang Expressway", and incorporated the mid-length of the original road into the expressway, the expressway consequently bisected Jalan Cheras into two at both ends of the original road: one at Kajang, and the other at Cheras, while remnants of the road's undeveloped routes between remain partially in use.[2]

The Cheras–Kajang Expressway is among the first eight-lane dual carriageway in Malaysia, stretching from the Connaught Interchange in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur to Saujana Impian in Kajang. The expressway comprises one rest and service area and nine interchanges: "Pasukan Gerakan Am", "Hulu Langat", "Telekom", "Bandar Tun Hussein Onn", "Balakong", "Sungai Long", "Bukit Dukong", "Sungai Balak" and "Saujana Impian". The expressway has receive substantial volumes of traffic to and from linked localities. Between 2003 and 2004 alone, traffic volume increased 4%, with an average of 187,000 vehicles per day utillising the expressway in the financial year of 2004.[1]

The expressway formerly featured its own electronic toll collection system, known as the Saga Tag. Beginning 1 July 2004, however, the Saga Tag was replaced by Touch 'n Go and Smart TAG systems.

Of the RM275 million used to finance the expressway's construction, RM210 million consisted of bonds issued by Grand Saga Sdn Bhd, the expressway's concessionaire, and RM59 million was support loan from the government.[1] Grand Saga was further provided compensation from the government for revisions of scheduled toll rate hikes. In 2003 and 2004, the government paid RM104.93 million in compensation, exclusive of waiving interest and repayment of the support loan.[1] The government also extended the expressway's concession by two years to September 18, 2027 in 2002.[1]

On 2 March 2012, the Kuala Lumpur bound Batu 9 toll plaza and Kajang bound Batu 11 toll plaza of the expressway were abolished by the government due to a strong petition led by Eddie Ng Tien Chee from the Democratic Action Party. This petition is signed by 100,000 residents of the area.

Features[edit]

Controversy[edit]

Bandar Mahkota Cheras exit[edit]

During the construction of the Bandar Mahkota Cheras, an access road connecting the new township and the Bandar Tun Hussein Onn Interchange EXIT 704 was built by the developer to provide access to Bandar Mahkota Cheras from Cheras - Kajang Expressway and vice-versa. However, the link road was closed in January 2006 by Grand Saga under the direction of the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) due to disputes between Grand Saga and the developer of Bandar Mahkota Cheras on compensations since the link road would allow motorists to bypass the Batu 11 toll plaza on the expressway. As a result, residents travelling to Kuala Lumpur are required to enter the expressway via Bandar Sungai Long or vice-versa, while having to pay fares for both the Batu 9 and Batu 11 toll plazas.

Following Opposition control of Selangor in the 2008 election, local residents dismantled the barricades, temporarily allowing traffic to and from the township to directly enter and exit the expressway. In an early attempt, Grand Saga forcefully reclosed the road. However, On 27 June 2008, the barrier was torn down once again.

On 4 June 2008, the Malaysian Highway Authority and Grand Saga were ordered to install traffic lights on the junctions of Bandar Mahkota Cheras to ease the traffic flow of the residents. Today, the access road connecting Bandar Mahkota Cheras and Bandar Tun Hussein Onn Interchange is open.

Toll rates[edit]

(Starting 1 January 2007)

Batu 9 toll plaza (Kajang bound)[edit]

Class Type of vehicles Rate (in Malaysian Ringgit (RM))
0 Motorcycles, bicycles or vehicles with 2 or less wheels Free
1 Vehicles with 2 axles and 3 or 4 wheels excluding taxis RM1.00
2 Vehicles with 2 axles and 5 or 6 wheels excluding buses RM2.00
3 Vehicles with 3 or more axles RM2.00
4 Taxis RM0.50
5 Buses RM1.00

Batu 11 toll plaza (KL bound)[edit]

Class Type of vehicles Rate (in Malaysian Ringgit (RM))
0 Motorcycles, bicycles or vehicles with 2 or less wheels Free
1 Vehicles with 2 axles and 3 or 4 wheels excluding taxis RM0.90
2 Vehicles with 2 axles and 5 or 6 wheels excluding buses RM1.80
3 Vehicles with 3 or more axles RM1.80
4 Taxis RM0.50
5 Buses RM0.90
(Source: Utusan Malaysia, 15 December 2006)


Interchanges[edit]

Legend:

State District km Exit Name Destinations No. of
lanes
Notes
Through to 1 Cheras Highway
km Exit Interchange To Remarks
NORTH
1 CHERAS HIGHWAY
Kuala Lumpur
Cheras
Bandar Tun Razak
1 CHERAS HIGHWAY
DBKL border limit
E7 1 CHERAS-KAJANG EXPRESSWAY
Start/End of toll expressway
Grand Saga border limit
E7
10

1
--
Cheras Sentral (Plaza Phoenix)

P&R Taman Connaught MRT station
CHERAS SENTRAL (PLAZA PHOENIX)
Parking (malaysia).jpg

P&R TAMAN CONNAUGHT MRT STATION
MRT SBK
Kuala Lumpur bound

Plaza Phoenix MRT Station
Under construction
Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
FT Kuala Lumpur-Selangor border
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Hulu Langat district border
Perhilitan Perhilitan
Taman Cheras Hartamas
South bound
EXIT 701B EWLE EXIT WEST
E37 EAST-WEST LINK EXPRESSWAY
Taman Connaught
E37 Bandar Tun Razak
E23 Bangsar
2 Petaling Jaya
2 Shah Alam
2 Klang
Tunnel entry to E37 East-West Link Expressway
P Petronas Layby Parking (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg Petronas Toilet (malaysia).jpg Surau (malaysia).jpg Telephone (malaysia).jpg ATM (malaysia).jpg South bound
Maktab Polis Diraja Malaysia
(Royal Malaysian Police College)
Maktab Polis Diraja Malaysia
(Royal Malaysian Police College)
North bound
EXIT 701A PGA INTERCHANGE NORTHEAST
JALAN MEDAN MASRIA
Pasukan Gerakan Am (PGA) Base
Taman Cuepacs
Taman Cheras Permata
Taman Cheras Awana
Taman Segar Perdana
Taman Bukit Hartamas
Diamond interchange
Batu 9 toll plaza
(Kajang bound)
TAG TnG RM (Cash) BET RM (Cash)
Opened toll system
Pay toll
P Batu 9 toll plaza Parking (malaysia).jpg South bound
P&R Taman Suntex MRT station P&R TAMAN SUNTEX MRT STATION
MRT SBK
Under construction
EXIT 702 HULU LANGAT INTERCHANGE EAST
1 JALAN LAMA CHERAS
1 Pekan Batu 9 Cheras
Taman Suntex
3210 Jkr-ft--.png Hulu Langat
Jkr-ft--.png Sungai Pangsoon
Jkr-ft--.png Sungai Congkak waterfall Recreation (malaysia).jpg
Jkr-ft--.png Sungai Gabai waterfall Recreation (malaysia).jpg
Jkr-ft--.png Sungai Tekali waterfall Recreation (malaysia).jpg
Trumpet interchange
P&R Sri Raya MRT station P&R SRI RAYA MRT STATION
MRT SBK
Under construction
EXIT 703 TELEKOM INTERCHANGE WEST
JALAN KOTA CHERAS
Kota Cheras
Taman Damai Jaya
Taman Sri Cheras
Taman Putri Jaya
Taman Legenda Mas
Taman Tun Perak
Taman Cheras Mas

NORTHEAST
1 JALAN LAMA CHERAS
1 Pekan Batu 9 Cheras
3210 Jkr-ft--.png Hulu Langat
Jkr-ft--.png Sungai Pangsoon
Jkr-ft--.png Sungai Congkak waterfall Recreation (malaysia).jpg
Jkr-ft--.png Sungai Gabai waterfall Recreation (malaysia).jpg
Jkr-ft--.png Sungai Tekali waterfall Recreation (malaysia).jpg
Diamond interchange
EXIT 704 BANDAR TUN HUSSEIN ONN INTERCHANGE WEST
LEBUH UTAMA TUN HUSSEIN ONN
Bandar Tun Hussein Onn
Cheras Perdana

EAST
PERSIARAN MAHKOTA CHERAS 1
Bandar Mahkota Cheras
Diamond interchange
P&R Bandar Tun Hussein Onn MRT station P&R BANDAR TUN HUSSEIN ONN MRT STATION
MRT SBK
Under construction
P Batu 11 toll plaza Parking (malaysia).jpg Grand Saga operation office North bound
Batu 11 toll plaza
(Kuala Lumpur bound)
RM (Cash) RM (Cash) BET TnG TAG
Opened toll system
Pay toll
Sungai Cheras bridge
EXIT 705 BALAKONG INTERCHANGE WEST
3211 JALAN BALAKONG
3211 Balakong
E18 KAJANG DISPERSIAL LINK EXPRESSWAY
E18 Mines Resort City
3216 Seri Kembangan
E9 Sungai Besi
Half diamond interchange
Bukit Dukung MRT station P&R BUKIT DUKUNG MRT STATION
MRT SBK
Under construction
Sungai Langat bridge
EXIT 706 SUNGAI LONG INTERCHANGE EAST
JALAN SUNGAI LONG
Bandar Sungai Long
Bandar Mahkota Cheras
E18 KAJANG DISPERSIAL LINK EXPRESSWAY
E21 Semenyih
E21 Seremban
Half-diamond interchange
R&R Bukit Dukung Rest and Service Area Parking (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg BH Petrol Toilet (malaysia).jpg Food court (malaysia).jpg Surau (malaysia).jpg Wakaf.jpg Telephone (malaysia).jpg ATM (malaysia).jpg North bound
EXIT 707 BUKIT DUKUNG INTERCHANGE SOUTHEAST
1 JALAN CHERAS-KAJANG
Kampung Bukit Dukung
Interchange
E7 1 CHERAS-KAJANG EXPRESSWAY
E7 CHERAS-KAJANG EXPRESSWAY
P Shell and Petronas Layby

P&R Taman Koperasi Cuepacs MRT station
Parking (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg Shell Toilet (malaysia).jpg Surau (malaysia).jpg Telephone (malaysia).jpg ATM (malaysia).jpg

Parking (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg Petronas Toilet (malaysia).jpg Surau (malaysia).jpg Telephone (malaysia).jpg ATM (malaysia).jpg

P&R TAMAN KOPERASI CUEPECS MRT STATION
MRT SBK
South bound
EXIT 707A SUNGAI BALAK INTERCHANGE SOUTHWEST
E18 KAJANG DISPERSIAL LINK EXPRESSWAY
E18 Sungai Chua
E26 Putrajaya
29 Cyberjaya
E11 Puchong
26 Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Airport (malaysia).jpg
E11 Shah Alam
Expressway trumpet interchange
P Petronas and Petron Layby Parking (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg Petronas Toilet (malaysia).jpg Surau (malaysia).jpg Telephone (malaysia).jpg ATM (malaysia).jpg

Parking (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg Petron Toilet (malaysia).jpg Surau (malaysia).jpg Telephone (malaysia).jpg ATM (malaysia).jpg
South bound
EXIT 708 SAUJANA IMPIAN INTERCHANGE 1 JALAN CHERAS-KAJANG

NORTH
1 Kampung Bukit Dukung

SOUTH
1 Kajang town centre
Jkr-ft--.png Bangi
Diamond interchange
E7 CHERAS-KAJANG EXPRESSWAY
Start/End of expressway
Grand Saga border limit
--- KAJANG BYPASS
JKR border limit
SOUTHEAST
--- KAJANG BYPASS
Saujana Impian
Semenyih
E21 KAJANG-SEREMBAN HIGHWAY
Seremban
Nilai

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Siow Chen Ming. "Corporate: Grand Saga seeks compensation". The Edge. Archived from the original on 2008-05-31. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  2. ^ "Lebuhraya Cheras-Kajang E7" (in Malay). Blog Jalan Raya Malaysia. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 

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