PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) anticipates 1.6 million vehicles will use the North-South Expressway (NSE) everyday on Peak Days throughout the Chinese New Year holidays, a 20% increase from 1.3 million traffic on normal days.
As such, PLUS is issuing a Travel Time Advisory schedule (TTA) for Peak Days travel on the NSE between 5 February and 14 February.
The TTA focuses on traffic distribution and is aimed at reducing traffic congestion on the mainline, most notably at major stretches, toll plazas and rest areas. The schedule is based on studies on the public travel pattern during previous festive seasons.
Besides the TTA, PLUS will also implement various strategies to improve its overall highway operations and level of service during the upcoming festive season.
Among the initiatives are deploying more staff on the highways and the traffic monitoring centre (TMC), increasing the number of PLUSRonda teams and patrolling loops, stationing emergency rescue teams at strategic locations, providing additional parking areas and portable toilets at major rest areas, providing additional tow trucks at selected locations, deploying more than 3,200 staff at toll plazas and conducting aerial traffic surveillance.
In addition, PLUS will open up contra flow at selected stretches on the mainline. However, the contra flow can only be activated based on the current traffic situation and approval from the Police.
As mentioned on our previous post, PLUS will be offering 30% toll rebates for Class 1 highway users paying toll electronically (via PLUSMiles, Touch ‘n Go cards or SmartTAGs) on 4, 11 and 15 February. The rebate is given to those travelling more than 100 kilometres on the NSE, ELITE and NKVE highway.
For example, a highway user travelling between Jalan Duta Toll Plaza and Ipoh Selatan Toll Plaza will be able to save RM7.95 in a form toll reload as follows:-
Entry Toll Plaza
Exit Toll Plaza
Savings Through 30%
Eligible Toll Rebate
|Jalan Duta||Ipoh Selatan||RM26.50||RM7.95|
The toll rebate can be redeemed at all Customer Service Centres on the PLUS highways between 15 March and 14 June this year.