Expect more traffic on North-South Expressway

PETALING JAYA: There would be more vehicles using the North-South Expressway (NSE) this time around during the long Chinese New Year holidays.

NSE concessionaire PLUS Malaysia Berhad, expects 1.9 million vehicles or 24% more vehicles ply their highways on peak days during this period.

PLUS managing director Datuk Azman Ismail said they expect the NSE to record the highest traffic volume between Feb 1 and Feb 4, on Feb 6, Feb 9 and also Feb 10.

“On these peak days, traffic volume on PLUS highways is expected to reach 1.9 million vehicles per day compared with 1.45 million traffic on normal days,” he said.

Azman added that more PLUS support staff and teams would be placed along the highways to ensure a smoother and more comfortable ride.

PLUS has also recommended travelling time for those going outstations.

Those travelling from Klang Valley to Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak (north) and Johor and the opposite directions should start before 10am.

Motorists travelling elsewhere on the expressway should move after 10am.

For those heading to Terengganu and Kelantan on Saturday and Sunday (Feb 2 and Feb 3) they should leave the Klang Valley either between 6am and 10am or 5pm and 8pm, according to ANIH Bhd advisory.

ANIH, the highway concessionaire for the East Coast Expressway Phase One (LPT) and the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway (KLK) also advised those travelling from Klang Valley to Pahang to do so between noon and 3pm or 7pm and 10pm.

Those travelling to all other states from Klang Valley were advised to start their journey between midnight and 6am on the weekends.

Traffic flow at certain stretches of major highways as at 4pm yesterday, was reported to be slow, according to highway authorities.

The northbound traffic was reported to be slow at Menora Tunnel and Juru toll plaza.

Malaysian Highway Authority reported on its Twitter that the traffic to and from the East Coast, via LPT and LPT2 and KLK, was under control.

Motorists can obtain the latest traffic information via toll-free PLUSLine at 1800-88-0000 or LLM at 1800-88-7752 or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/plustrafik and www.twitter.com/llminfotrafik.