Caretaker prime minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced that six major expressways in the Klang Valley will have their toll fare reduced as part of the government’s initiative to reduce the impact of the increasing cost of living on the people.
The expressways involved are the Ampang–Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH), Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE), Kemuning–Shah Alam Highway (LKSA) and Kajang Dispersal Link Expressway (SILK).
The fare reduction for these expressways will come into effect at 12.01 am starting 20 October.
The two other expressways involved are Kajang-Seremban Highway (Lekas) and the Sungai Besi Expressway (Besraya), where the fare reduction will be effective 1 January 2023. Ismail said the cabinet had agreed to the matter during its meeting on 1 June.
Ismail said this when opening the Damansara-Shah Alam (DASH) expressway on Thursday (13 October).
“To show concern for the problems faced by the rakyat due to the rising cost of living, the government has also agreed to the proposal to reduce the toll,” he said, reported The Star.
On the other hand, Ismail said the government will restructure the four concession companies under Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings Sdn Bhd (Prolintas) and is expecting to save up to RM8.8 billion in compensation.
The announcement was made ahead of the 15th general election, which is expected to be held in early November.
The DASH expressway is a 20.1km expressway that connects Puncak Perdana to Penchala. It is also an alternative route for road users travelling from west Shah Alam to east Kuala Lumpur.
The new expressway is expected to reduce congestion on several major roads by up to 40% during peak hours and reduce travelling time from Puncak Perdana to Penchala by 60 minutes.
The concession for DASH will last for 55 years, starting on 25 December 2014 and till end on 24 December 2069.