Perak mulls alternative route to reduce traffic at Menora tunnel

Five people burned to death after a trailer lorry and a car were involved in a collision on the northbound stretch of the highway after the Menora tunnel near Ipoh on Saturday. (facebook pic)

IPOH: The Perak government is considering having an alternative route to reduce congestion on the accident-prone stretch of the North-South Expressway north-bound from the Menora Tunnel to Kuala Kangsar.

Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu said today he will ask state Public Amenities, Infrastructure, Agriculture and Plantations Committee chairman Abdul Yunus Jamhari to hold discussions with the relevant parties on the matter.

The alternative route is necessary because that stretch of highway experiences heavy traffic congestion and is prone to accidents, especially during festive seasons and school holidays, he said after a tour of the PerakFM service at the Department of Broadcasting in Perak here.

Faizal was asked to comment on the tragic accident involving a trailer lorry and a car at a point on the northbound stretch of the highway after the Menora tunnel last Saturday that claimed five lives.

Five people burned to death in the accident which happened at 11.45am. The lorry driver was remanded for two days on Monday.