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Thursday, 22 February 2018

(The Star) Bandar Ainsdale interchange lauded for reducing traffic congestion

The Bandar Ainsdale interchange along the North-South Expressway (NSE) near Labu in Seremban has not only reduced traffic congestion at the Seremban toll plaza during peak hours, but also saved time and shortened the distance by about seven kilometres for the residents.

Its opening in 2015 gave motorists living in Bandar Ainsdale and Labu a great relief as they previously had to use the Seremban interchange daily.

The Bandar Ainsdale interchange took three years to complete.

It was part of the Negri Sembilan state government’s efforts under Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan’s leadership that took into account the rapid development as well as to reduce traffic congestion in the area.

Private sector employee Ahmad Tarmizi Dawan, 33, said in the past he would take about an hour to reach his office at Prima Saujana, Kajang, Selangor, via Jalan Labu and exited at the Nilai interchange.

“With the Bandar Ainsdale interchange, my daily journey to work now takes only about 40 minutes,” Ahmad Tarmizi who lives in Taman Murni, Bandar Ainsdale told Bernama recently.

The Bandar Ainsdale interchange and 12-lane toll plaza, costing RM130mil, managed to disperse traffic congestion by 50% at the Seremban toll plaza.

Mohd Zulhatmi Zainul, 35, an engineer at the KL International Airport (KLIA), perceived the Bandar Ainsdale interchange as showcasing the government’s concern over the congestion at the Seremban toll plaza which was frequently experienced by local residents who had to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

“It is also easier for the public to reach Seremban, Seremban 2, Labu and Sendayan. In addition, it will definitely boost the development in the areas around Labu, Nilai and Seremban,” he said.

The toll rates for a one-way route for first class vehicles from Bandar Ainsdale interchange to Sungei Besi toll plaza, Kuala Lumpur is RM6.80; Nilai (RM2.10); Putera Mahkota (RM3.30); Bangi (RM4.20); Kajang (RM5.10); UPM Serdang (RM5.40) and KLIA (RM6.30).