PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) announces its Travel Time Advisory (TTA) intended to prevent traffic convergence on the North-South Expressway (NSE) throughout the Aidiladha period from July 7 to July 12, 2022.
“We are expecting about 1.9 million vehicles to use the highway each day this Aidiladha in comparison to the current 1.8 million vehicles plying our highway daily, so some congestion and a prolonged travel time are to be expected,” said PLUS Chief Operating Officer, Datuk Zakaria Ahmad Zabidi. “Therefore, we strongly advise highway users to adhere to our TTA, plan out their journeys beforehand, and make the necessary preparations for a longer journey,” he added.
The TTA is designed based on historical traffic data to guide and enable highway users to experience a manageable journey during this festive period. Its purpose is to distribute traffic and circumvent the convergence of traffic as vehicles enter the highway at the same time on major highway stretches, toll plazas, and rest areas, thus reducing congestion.
BALIK KAMPUNG – Journey from Klang Valley (from 7 July to 10 July 2022)
Highway users from the Klang Valley heading towards further destinations such as Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak (North), and Johor are advised to enter the highway before 10am. Meanwhile, highway users heading towards closer destinations or to other states are advised to enter the highway after 1pm.
PULANG KE BANDAR – Journey back to Klang Valley (from 10 July to 12 July 2022)
For the return journey to Klang Valley from Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak (North), Johor, and other states, highway users are advised to enter the highway before 9am.
“Based on our studies of the return journey to Klang Valley, highway users can expect an extension of up to twice as long as the average travel time on the highway if they choose not to adhere to the TTA schedule as advised,” Datuk Zakaria cautioned.
Regular Traffic updates are provided through the @PLUSTrafik Twitter service, the PLUS Application, the toll free PLUSLine at 1800-88-0000, PUTRI Chatbot, on electronic message signs (VMS) along the highway mainline, and also announcements via major radio stations.
Available for free on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, the PLUS App provides live CCTV feeds of critical locations along the highway, a toll fare calculator, and a built-in journey planner. Highway customers can also interact with PUTRI, the first highway industry chatbot providing the latest information on PLUS’ initiatives.
Using Waze or Google Maps is also highly recommended to help highway users better plan their journeys. Highway users are reminded to ensure that they have sufficient balance in their Touch ‘n Go cards or e-Wallets to make payments at toll plazas using three payment options via Touch ‘n Go cards, SmartTAG devices, or RFID Tags.
Highway users are also advised to ensure that their vehicles are in a good and safe condition for long-distance travel. Kindly adhere to the speed limits along the highway, avoid driving too closely behind other vehicles, and take breaks at rest and service areas (R&R) along the highway.