Travelling to Malaysia? Watch out for the holiday highway jams

City folk heading back from the east coast facing the start of a long crawl at the Bentong toll plaza on the Karak highway.
The Star/Asia News Network

PETALING JAYA: The balik bandar exodus caused massive jams along major highways as city folk crawled back after the Hari Raya and school holidays.

Traffic along the North-South Expressway (NSE) and East Coast Highway heading towards Kuala Lumpur increased considerably since Saturday, causing congestion along the way.

The Star Media Radio Group traffic team was kept busy.

It reported a traffic snarl measuring 51km from Kuala Kangsar to Simpang Pulai on the NSE at 1.05pm yesterday.

Slow moving traffic was also reported from Changkat Jering to Bukit Berapit (7km), Gopeng to Tapah (8km), Tapah to Bidor (9km), Sungkai to Slim River (7km), Lembah Beringin to Bukit Beruntung (11km) and Bukit Beruntung to Sungai Buaya (4km).

In the southern region of the NSE, traffic was heavy from the Bemban rest area towards Ayer Keroh (6km), Simpang Ampat towards the Pedas Linggi rest area (5km), after the Pedas Linggi rest area towards the Pedas Linggi exit (17km) and Pedas Linggi to Senawang (3km).

On the East Coast Highway, traffic approaching the Bentong toll plaza was crawling by 8am.

The traffic team reported a 14km crawl from the Karak toll plaza to the Bentong Barat toll plaza at about 2pm yesterday, along with a 13km crawl from Lanchang to the Karak toll plaza and a 10km crawl after Kampung Lubuk Mandi towards Bukit Tinggi.

The Malaysian Highway Authority listed at least 10 accidents between 7am and 5pm yesterday at various spots on both highways, starting with one along the 246.6km mark southbound on NSE which caused delays from Kuala Kangsar to the Sungai Perak R&R area.

Other areas along the highway which reported accidents was at the 416.3km Lembah Beringin to Bukit Tagar, the 52.4km Simpang Renggam to Sedenak, KM238.4 Simpang Ampat to Pedas Linggi, the 364.5km Sungkai to Slim River, the 268.8km Bandar Ainsdale to Nilai, the 186.3km Alor Pongsu to Bukit Merah, the 325.5km Gopeng to Tapah, the 265.8km Menora Tunnel to Ipoh, and the 42.7km Sedenak to Simpang Renggam.

There was also an accident along the East Coast Highway at the 111km mark between Temerloh and Lanchang.