BESUT, Jul 9 – Traffic from Kota Bharu towards Kuala Terengganu slowed to a crawl when a massive traffic jam that stretched over 30km was reported from Setiu town up until the Gemuruh toll plaza, as more people headed back to the Klang Valley following the Aidilfitri break.
Checks by Bernama since yesterday found that the traffic was slow moving from early morning until this afternoon and the situation worsened when motorists from Kota Bharu also used the route before entering the East Coast Expressway 2 (LPT 2). Another area with massive traffic congestion was around Kampong Chalok.
However, traffic was smooth from Kuala Terengganu towards Besut. In the meanwhile, a motorist from Kota Bharu, Ahmad Sabri Hasan, 35, said it took him more than six hours from Kota Bharu to the Gemuruh toll plaza due to massive traffic jams at several areas.
“Normally, it takes about only two hours to drive from my hometown to this toll plaza, but today, it is over five hours. There were too many cars on the road. The traffic was at a crawl stretching over 20 kilometres especially at Kampung Chalok, Kampung Guntong and Kampung Gemuruh,” he told Bernama here today.
For Ahmad Naufal Mustakin Ahmad Radzi, 27, it took him almost three hours from his village in Besut to Kampung Gemuruh, in order to use the LPT 2. He said, normally, the journey would take less than two hours while it’s too congested today because people from Kelantan are also using the same route to get to LPT 2.
Meanwhile, a 30-year-old teacher, Norhafiza Ismail suggested that both the federal and state governments should continue with the construction of East Coast Expressway 3 (LPT 3), connecting Gemuruh and Tumpat, Kelantan to overcome the congestion. Norhafiza, who is now working in Pontian, Johor said she heard that they are studying on building the LPT3. She said this is very much needed because the traffic is like this during school holidays and festive seasons. — Bernama