Heavy traffic expected in the city as reverse Hari Raya exodus begins


Getting heavy: Screengrab of CCTV footage taken from toll booths in the country shows traffic is building up on major highways.

Getting heavy: Screengrab of CCTV footage taken from toll booths in the country shows traffic is building up on major highways.

PETALING JAYA: The city is expec­ted to be bustling again as travellers begin returning in droves from their hometowns after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations.

Motorists plying the highways are advised to heed the travel time advisory to ensure safer and convenient highway travel, as well as to reduce congestion during peak hours.

Travellers from Perlis, Kedah, Penang, northern Perak and Johor using the North-South Express­way are advised to start their journey to the Klang Valley before 10am. Those coming from other states are urged to start after 10am.

Meanwhile, travellers from east coast states such as Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan using the East Coast Expressway to reach the Klang Valley can either start their journey between 6am and 11am or 6pm and midnight.

Motorists must also ensure they have enough credit on their Touch n’ Go cards as reload lanes will continue to be closed until June 11.

As of 2pm yesterday, there had been several reports of slow moving traffic on expressways.

Among the stretches include Skudai to Senai Utara; Kulai (U) rest stop to Sedenak; Sedenak to Simpang Renggam and onwards to Ayer Hitam; Senawang to Port Dickson exit; Pedas Linggi to Senawang (U) lay-by; Simpang Ampat to Pedas Linggi (U) lay-by.

Severe congestion is reported at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar (both directions) in Johor Baru.

In the north, the situation was similar at the Simpang Pulai (S) rest stop; Gopeng to Tapah; Bidor to Sungkai; Gunung Semanggol R&R (S) to Taiping; Taiping (U) lay-by to Bukit Berapit; Sungai Perak R&R to the Menora Tunnel. Traffic was equally congested at Karak to the Bentong toll plaza and Lentang to Bukit Tinggi in the east coast.

The Transport Ministry has also issued a ban on all heavy vehicles on highways from yesterday to today.

In a statement, Plus Malaysia Bhd confirmed the ban and hopes that the move would ease traffic congestion.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported that there will be a surge in passengers arriving at the Southern Integrated Terminal (TBS) in Bandar Tasik Sela­tan as the holidays come to an end. TBS senior manager (operations) Faizal Redza Redzuan said according to the ticketing system, for the period from May 31-June 9, about 140,000 people had bought tickets to the TBS bus terminal. The majority of them are expected to arrive at the terminal over the weekend.

“We also estimate about 1,000 buses from the north, south and the east coast of the peninsula will enter our premises,’’ he said.

In addition, he said that an estimated 11,000 people would travel outbound from TBS today but tickets are still available for those who needed to travel out of Kuala Lumpur as more buses will be added.

“We’ve prepared additional buses from Kuala Lumpur to ‘hot’ destinations such as Ipoh, Butterworth, Muar, Melaka, Batu Pahat and other locations,” he said.

Bus tickets can be purchased online, at the counter or at self-service ticket kiosks.

Separately, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) said it is ready to manage the large crowd of people arriving at its stations at the end of the Raya holidays.

“We have instructed all staff members to be alert and security personnel will be stationed at major stations such as KL Sentral, Ipoh, Butterworth, JB Sentral and Gemas,” said its corporate communications head Ahmad Asri Khalbi.

Between May 1 and June 16, KTMB has offered over 570,000 tickets for sale to destinations including KL-JB Sentral, KL-Padang, and KL-Gemas-Tumpat routes for the Electronic Train Service and the KTM intercity trains. Over 420,000 tickets have been sold, and KTMB expects all tickets offered to be sold-out by June 16.

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