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Saturday, 13 February 2016 | MYT 5:46 PM

Traffic on major highways mostly smooth


PETALING JAYA: In contrast to previous years, traffic heading into the city after the long Chinese New Year break seems to be heavy but smooth.

Star traffic team head Priscilla Patrick said other than a 300m crawl at the Sungai Besi toll heading out of the city, traffic everywhere appears to be smooth.

"Around noon, traffic at the tolls on the Karak highway, at Bentong and Gombak, were slow but there was no congestion.

"Then, around 3.30pm, there was a small congestion from Senawang heading to Pedas Linggi due to a small accident, which has since been cleared," she said, adding that all major highways within the city were clear.

Patrick added that it appeared that most people were returning in stages this year.

"They have been coming back in batches since Wednesday, which is why traffic is better.

"We are, however, expecting heavier traffic tomorrow, and the majority of that crowd would be from the east coast and the south," she added.

A PLUS Malaysia Berhad spokesman told The Star that traffic appears to be heavier in the North, around Permatang Pauh and Sungai Dua, due to an accident.

"A container overturned there, affecting both the middle and right lanes.

"So at the moment, the emergency lane is being used to control traffic," he said,

He added that other areas in the north with slow moving traffic included Sungai Perak to Jelapang, Gua Tempurung to Tapah and Sungkai to Slim River.

"From the south there appears to be slow traffic from Senawang to Seremban, but most of the traffic is heading south.

"Roads from Gambit to Pagoh, Jasin to Tangkak and Yong Peng to Ayer Hitam are slow and we believe it is due to a football match which is to take place tonight in Johor," he said.

Road users have been advised to drive carefully and avoid speeding.

Tags / Keywords: traffic , CNY2016 , highways , Chinese New Year


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