PLUS urges the public to plan their Christmas and Year-End holidays based on its Travel Time Advisory (TTA) which is proven to contribute to smoother traffic flow during peak periods in the past.
“The TTA plays a crucial role in helping the public to plan their journey whereby PLUS expects the traffic on the North-South Expressway (NSE) will increase by 20 percent to 1.5 million vehicles per day during Christmas and 2014 New Year period as compared to 1.2 million vehicles on normal days,” said PLUS Head Corporate Communications, Mohd Nizam Ismail.
The TTA consists of recommended staggered travel times for various destinations from the Klang Valley to major states and cities in Kedah, Perlis, Penang, Perak, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan. It is aimed at distributing traffic and reducing congestion on the mainline, major toll plazas, rest areas and lay-bys during peak periods.
“We expect those in the Klang Valley to start travelling between 20 December to 28 December. As such, based on the TTA, we advise those heading to Perlis, Kedah, Pulau Pinang and Johor to enter the North-South Expressway between 6:00 am to 10:00 am. Whereas, those heading towards other destinations such as Taiping, Kuala Kangsar, Gerik, Jasin and Melaka can enter the highway between 10:00 am to 1:00 pm,” Nizam elaborated.
PLUS also issues a TTA for those coming back to the Klang Valley after Christmas and year-end holidays between 29 December to 1 January 2014.
“The high adoption rate of the TTA during the previous festive seasons helped to promote smoother and safer travel on the highways. As such, we hope that the public will continue to give their co-operation in following the TTA for their balik kampong as well as during their journey back to the Klang Valley,” Nizam said.
“We also advice the public to plan their journey and call the toll free PLUSLine at 1800 88 0000 or follow the PLUSTrafik Twitter service for latest traffic update,” he added.