FEDERAL TERRITORY AND THAIPUSAM HOLIDAYS: PLUS URGES PUBLIC TO FOLLOW TTA
PETALING JAYA, 29 January 2015 - PLUS urges the public to plan their journey during the Federal Territory and Thaipusam holidays based on the Travel Time Advisory (TTA) issued by the Company.
“PLUS anticipates that the traffic on the North-South Expressway (NSE) will increase by 15 percent to 1.5 million vehicles per day as compared to 1.3 million vehicles on normal days,” said PLUS Corporate Communications Head, Mohd Nizam Ismail.
Based on PLUS’ records and studies, the TTA has contributed to smoother traffic flow during peak periods in the past.
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, Negeri Sembilan and Johor. It is aimed at distributing traffic and reducing congestion on the mainline, major toll plazas, rest areas and lay-bys during peak periods.
“PLUS also advises the public to plan their journey and to contact the toll free PLUSLine at 1800 88 0000, follow the PLUSTrafik Twitter service or downloaded PLUS Mobile Application through their smartphones or tablets for the latest traffic updates on the highways,” Nizam said.
ALMOST RM250 MILLION INVESTED FOR REST AREA UPGRADING PROJECTS
PETALING JAYA, 9 January 2015 - PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) had invested almost RM250 million since 2005 to upgrade selected rest and service areas (RSA) and lay-bys to help the public enjoy more comfortable journey on its highways.
PLUS Managing Director, Dato’ Noorizah Hj Abd Hamid said, “For this year alone, PLUS allocates approximately RM26 million for upgrading projects at selected RSAs and lay-bys. It is part of our commitment to provide only the best highway services and help the public enjoy comfortable travel on the highways.”
According to Noorizah, RSAs and lay-bys are important components of the highway system as they offer rest stops with many facilities and thereby, promote safety on the highways.
“These rest areas also contribute to the socio-economic development of the surrounding communities by providing business and employment opportunities for the locals,” she added.
Studies show that RSAs and lay-bys along the PLUS highways created more than 5,500 employment opportunities and more than 700 local entrepreneurs.
“The rest areas also help to promote local products and domestic tourism,” Noorizah said.
PLUS places great importance on the concept and design of each of its upgraded RSAs and lay-bys to enable highway users enjoy the best facilities.
“Our rest area concepts, designs and management system had received recognition from various agencies such as the Malaysian Architect Association (PAM), the Malaysian Highway Authority, Quality Restroom Association of Malaysia (QRAM), the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, the Ministry of Health and so on,” said Noorizah.
Since 2005, 52 percent of the total number of rest areas (inclusive of RSAs, lay-bys and overhead bridge restaurant) on the PLUS highways had been upgraded.
Noorizah was quoted at the PLUS RSAs Premier Awards Ceremony held at Persada PLUS Subang, today.
According to Noorizah, PLUS regularly organizes engagement programs with stall operators at its RSAs. The programs not only benefit the operators, but they also indirectly benefit the public.
As part of an effort to acknowledge the operators’ continuous support, commitment and co-operation, the award ceremony was held today at Persada PLUS. Among the awards presented today are the PLUS Clean Toilets, Best Stall Operator and Best Merdeka Decorated RSA awards for 2014.
There are currently 24 RSAs, 4 overhead bridge restaurants and 43 lay-bys along the PLUS-operated highways which include the North-South Expressway (NSE), the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), the Federal Highway Route 2, the Seremban-Port Dickson Highway, the ELITE highway, the Secondlink Highway, the Butterworth-Kulim Expressway and Penang Bridge.