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Monday, September 6, 2010

Three Strategies to Ensure Smooth Traffic by PLUS

PLUS Expressways Berhad (PLUS) will implement three specific strategy to ensure the public enjoy a safe, smoother and comfortable journey during the forthcoming Hari Raya Aidlifitri holidays.                                                                                             

The strategies include traffic distribution, customer convenience and efficient traffic management system. At a press conference held at Persada PLUS to announce PLUS preparations for the festive season, Managing Director Noorizah Hj Abd Hamid said, ”We expect traffic on the North-South Expressway to increase by 30 percent to 1.4 million vehicles a day compared to 1.1 million vehicles on normal days for this upcoming festive season.” 

1) Traffic Distribution 
In coping with the increase in traffic and ensuring smoother traffic flow, PLUS has came up with a ravel Time Advisory (TTA) to assist the public in planning their journey during the holidays. The TTA consists of recommended travelling times for various destinations from Klang Valley to major states and town in Kedah, Perlis, Pulau Pinang, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor. 

This effort is suggested to distribute traffic and reduce congestion on main routes of the highway, toll plazas and rest and service areas during peak hours.  

(Kindly refer to the Travel Time Advisory attached in Attachment A) 

The TTA was first introduced by PLUS in 2007 and is based on careful analysis of travel patterns during past festive seasons. It has proven to be a major factor in contributing to smoother traffic on highways during festive period. “For example, during last years celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitre, approximately 50 percent of highway users followed the TTA suggested by PLUS. Therefore, we hope that the public will continue to cooperate by following the schedule released for the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri,“ said Nik Airina. 

2) Users comfort 
In order to ensure users of the highway enjoy a comfortable journey on the upcoming festive season, PLUS will also take the listed initiatives: -

Reload lane
Reload lanes at toll plazas will be closed from 6-9 and 16-19 September to avoid congestion at toll plazas.
Reload ’n Go counters (7 locations that will be opened specifically for Hari Raya)
Open on 6-9 and 16-19 September at selected R&R to enable highway users to reload their Touch’n Go or PLUSMiles card.
PLUS will appoint 3,000 employees at toll plazas.
Toll counters
1,000 toll counters will be open to ease toll payment transactions.
Supporting staff
400 supporting staff such as RELA will be deployed to strategic locations along the highways, toll plazas and rest and service areas to assist with traffic management
Emergency services
120 fire department personnels, Police, St John Ambulance, Red Crescent Society and Public Defense Department will be place at 12 strategic location 24 hours daily.

3) Efficient traffic management PLUS will also open emergency lanes at specific locations to reduce traffic congestions.

Routes: -
1)    KM308.2 - KM302.8 (North Bound)
Tapah – Gopeng
2)    KM291.4 - KM294.5 (South Bound)
Simpang Pulai Lay-by (South Bound) – Gopeng
3)    KM312 - KM317 (South Bound)
Gunung Tempurung Lay-By (South Bound) – Tapah
4)    KM375.6 – KM362.5 (North Bound)
Behrang Lay-By (North Bound) – Sungkai
5)    KM339.8 – km348.5 (South Bound)
Bidor – Ladang Bikam Layby (South Bound)
6)    KM281 – KM263.5 (South Bound)
7)     KM260 – KM278 (North Bound)
Port Dickson – Seremban Rest and Service Area

9 – 11 September

12, 16 – 19 September

12, 16 – 19 September

9 – 11 September

16 – 19 September

12, 16 – 19 September
12, 16 – 19 September

In addition, PLUS will also provide the latest traffic updates through the short messaging system (plusMA), increase the frequency of PLUSRonda’s patrolling and position tow truck services on strategic locations along the highway.  ”We advise the public to plan their journey and contact the PLUSLine toll free number at 1800 88 0000 for the latest traffic informations,” Noorizah added.

Meanwhile Ismail urged the public to follow the TTA in planning their journey to facilitate smoother traffic flow along the highway. ”We hope that the public will continue to cooperate by following the TTA which is a pro-active initiative by PLUS to provide a safer, smoother and more comfortable journey during the upcoming festive season,” Ismail said.


Aidi-Safuan said...

hoho... gler berguna lah maklumat semua nih. sesuai la nak balik kampung nih. :)

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