Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the move is to cater to the increased number vehicles the expressway is experiencing now as well as to reduce congestion. (NSTP/ASWADI ALIAS)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Transport Ministry is mulling to increase the number lanes at several stretches of the North-South Expressway.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the move is to cater to the increased number vehicles the expressway is experiencing now as well as to reduce congestion.

He said the ministry was looking into the possibility of adding one of two lanes at congested stretches and will table the proposal to the government.

“Each festive season, the highways are congested as the existing lane’s are unable to cope with the increasing number of vehicles.

“Several stretches had been identified, one of them being the Johor Baru-Ayer Hitam stretch,” he said.

Aziz was speaking after launching the road safety campaign in conjunction with the Chinese New Year for the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur here today.

“In addition, we are also looking at upgrading high-risk and dangerous roads, "he said adding that the proposals will be implemented in 2020.

He said the proposal was the ministry's move to improve the quality of the national transportation system.

"When the plan is implemented and coupled with the improved rail network that will be completed by 2026, we believe the problem of congestion and road accidents can be reduced", he said.