Land scarcity hindering more R&R areas

  • Nation
  • Monday, 17 Sep 2012

BUKIT GANTANG: Plus Expressways Berhad (PLUS) is facing a dearth of space to build new Rest and Recreation (R&R) areas along the North-South Expressway (NSE).

PLUS managing director and CEO Datuk Noorizah Abd Hamid said the high traffic volume during the festive holiday seasons have strained the existing 18 R&R areas along the expressway, and more new R&R areas need to be built.

“However, we are facing land constraints. If we want to build new R&R areas along the NSE stretch, we have to discuss land acquisition matters with the Malaysian Highway Authority.

“For now, we will upgrade the existing R&R areas that need to cater to the increasing number of motorists,” she told a press conference after presenting the PLUS Merdeka Best Decorated Rest Area award here yesterday. The Bukit Gantang Lay-By (south bound) won the award.

Noorizah said a new R&R area that was under proposal was the Rawang to Tapah north-bound stretch.

“The stretch is about 110km, but it only has a few lay-bys. So, we are planning to have one R&R area in between the two rest areas there.”

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