Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Kajang-SILK Highway breaches 50-million vehicle mark for the first time

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 20): SILK Holdings Bhd, which operates the Kajang-Silk Highway via its unit Sistem Lingkaran Lebuhraya Kajang Sdn Bhd, hit a major milestone after the highway breached the 50 million vehicles mark for the first time on Tuesday.

In a statement Dec 20, SILK executive chairman Datuk Mohd Azlan Hashim said it was a significant achievement for the highway that has served the greater Kajang area by acting as a linkage to the existing highway networks, including PLUS, BESRAYA and Grand Saga since 2004.

More recently it added Lebuhraya Kajang Seremban (LEKAS) and South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE) to its list of connectivity.

Mohd Azlan said the highway had seen its average daily traffic volume increase from just over 47,000 vehicles per day when it first started operations in 2004 to almost 150,000 vehicles per day today.

He said the highway had seen double-digit growth in annual traffic volumes in recent years, adding that it recorded a total traffic volume of 38.8 million vehicles in 2009 and 45.4 million vehicles in 2010.

Mohd Azlan said that in addition to increasing traffic volume, the highway had also been recognised by road users, adding that a triennial independent survey of road users released by Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia (LLM) in 2010 ranked the highway in the top half out of 24 tolled highways.

He said among comparable peers, the highway was deemed the most improved since the last survey, and that it was ranked in the top two by road users in terms of image and toll-plaza management.

Mohd Azlan said the survey ranking was testament to the effort and commitment of the group's highway's operations personnel.

'Whilst increasing traffic volume provides an indication on the highway's increasing significance to the greater Kajang area, recognition from road users on usability and service level means just as much.

'In fact, it has become a motivation for all of the Group's highway operations personnel to continually give the best service possible,' he said.



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