PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) is issuing a 2022 Balik Kampung and Pulang Ke Bandar Travel Time Advisory (TTA) schedule in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri festive season which caters for highway travel from April 29 till May 9, 2022.
The purpose of the TTA is to distribute traffic and circumvent the convergence of traffic entering the highway at the same time on major highway stretches, toll plazas and rest areas, thus reducing congestion. The TTA is designed based on previous festive seasons and long weekend travelling patterns to guide and help highway customers to experience the best possible journey in this unprecedented festive travel period, where over 2 million vehicles are expected to traverse along the North-South Expressway (NSE).
“As this is the first time after 2 years of the Movement Control Order (MCO), that we Malaysians are allowed to travel back to our loved ones to celebrate Raya Aidilfitri, we anticipate about 2 million vehicles, which is a 25 percent increase compared to the current daily 1.6 million vehicles plying on our highway. Therefore, please expect congestion and possibly prolonged duration of your travel time. So, we strongly urge and advise highway customers to adhere the TTA schedule during Balik Kampung and Pulang ke Bandar Journey,” PLUS Chief Operating Officer, Datuk Zakaria Ahmad Zabidi stresses.
In addition to TTA schedule, highway customers are advised to use our PLUS App, Waze, or Google Map for better journey plan during the period.
BALIK KAMPUNG BERAYA – Journey from Klang Valley (from 29 April to 2 May 2022)
For Klang Valley highway customers heading towards further destinations such as Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak (North) and Johor, are advised to enter the highway before 10:00 am. Meanwhile, for those heading towards closer locations or to other states are advised to enter the highway after 1:00 pm.
“The TTA is designed to prevent traffic heading towards further destinations from ‘converging’ with those heading to nearer ones, adhering to it may make a positive difference in one’s journey experience, Insyallah,” Datuk Zakaria added.
PULANG KE BANDAR – Journey back to Klang Valley (from 5 May to 9 May 2022)
For the return journey to Klang Valley from Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak (North), Johor and other states, highway customers are advised to enter the highway before 9:00 am. “Based on our studies, the return journey to Klang Valley, highway customers can expect a longer travel time on the highway if they choose not to adhere to the TTA schedule,” Datuk Zakaria further explained.
“Based on festive seasons traffic travelling patterns simulation, for highway customers from the North to Klang Valley, they may experience an extended travel time of up to 10 hours, or twice as long as the average travel time if they enter the highway after 9:00 am. Meanwhile, the travel time from the South to the Klang Valley could reach up to 7 hours or twice as long compared to usual average travel time if they enter the highway after 9:00 am,” he cautioned.
Regular Traffic updates are provided through the PLUSTrafik Twitter service, PLUS Apps, the toll free PLUSLine at 1800-88-0000, PUTRI Chatbot, and on electronic message signs (VMS) along the highway mainline as well as traffic announcements via major radio stations.
PLUS also advises highway customers to obey traffic rules, drive prudently, ensure that the vehicles are in a good condition and safely reach their destination to celebrate Aidilfitri with their loved ones.