Saturday, January 21, 2012

Slow-moving traffic - The Exodus out of Kuala Lumpur has begun

At a toll plaza in KL (Source: The Star)

With the long weekend coming up, Chinese New Year holiday being on Monday and Tuesday, the exodus out of Kuala Lumpur has started. Like I was, you could also have been caught in a traffic crawl last night in roads leading out of the city. I was caught along the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) going towards Batu Caves.

A check on realtime CCTV traffic images on parts of KL shows the city is distinctly deserted this morning. Images were captured around 7:10am this morning. Take a look. You can click on image to enlarge it.

A little about each area..

Top left: Middle Ring Road 2, the highway I was caught in traffic last night. This is a long stretch of highway that links to the North-South Expressway. Places of interest this MRR2 passes through are the National Zoo and Batu Caves and which you can have a distant view of the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower.

Top right: Jalan Tun Razak - This is the stretch where the National Library, the National Theatre and the National Heart Centre are located. This is also the stretch that was recently flooded.

Bottom left: Jalan Raja Laut, a part in KL that is normally busy.

Bottom right: Jalan Sultan Ismail, the commercial centre of KL of highrise offices and 5-star hotels including Shangri-la, The Equatorial, Concorde Kuala Lumpur (where Hard Rock Cafe is located), The Renaissance, Sheraton Imperial to name a few.

During major festivals such as Chinese New Year and Hari Raya Puasa, the city is probably the best place to be if you want some peace and quiet.

View realtime traffic..


  1. yay, and can enjoy the quietness of KL for the next whole week, haha.. cars that parked around my house messing the traffic has already started to clear since yesterday.. :)

  2. Look forward to a quiet KL.:)

    But not looking forward to travel on Karak Highway today and tomorrow. :(

  3. SK, yay! We can have the city to ourselves! I like it too that the malls and complexes are open.

  4. Lina, so you are going back to hometown, eh? I believe the first day of Chinese New Year would have less traffic. Not the second day though as this is the day married daughters (and their family) travel to visit their parents. This is the custom.