Highway concessionaire PLUS is anticipating that 1.6 million vehicles will be on the North-South Expressway during next week’s Chinese New Year festive season. A number of measures have been put in place to ease the anticipated spike in traffic volume on its highways, said PLUS managing director Datuk Azman Ismail.

Measures include a 20% toll rebate for PLUSMiles and PLUS-registered Touch n’ Go users on designated non-peak days, travel time advisories for motorists leaving and returning to the city centre, temporary closure of reload lanes at toll plazas and an increased presence of PLUS emergency response personnel on duty throughout the festive period, Azman said.

Traffic volume on the North-South Expressway is expected to peak on Feb 14, 15, 18, 19, 25 and 26, the managing director added. “The route between Rawang and Simpang Pulai will be the one recording the highest increase which is between 127% to 145% as people travel back to their hometowns to celebrate the festival,” Azman noted.

“As for the ‘Balik Kerja’ (back-to-work) journey, we are expecting traffic to be heavy along Alor Setar – Sungai Dua, Jawi – Kuala Kangsar, Simpang Pulai – Slim River, Sungkai – Bukit Beruntung, Bukit Beruntung – Rawang, Seremban – Nilai, Ayer Keroh – Senawang, Yong Peng – Tangkak and Ayer Hitam – Pagoh routes,” he said.