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Traffic queues at Woodlands Checkpoint ahead of Lunar New Year

It is the weekend right before the Lunar New Year and traffic flow on the Causeway was smooth on Saturday, but the usual vehicle queues formed up at Woodlands Checkpoint by evening.

SINGAPORE: It is the weekend right before the Lunar New Year and traffic flow on the Causeway was smooth on Saturday, but the usual vehicle queues formed up at Woodlands Checkpoint by evening.

Traffic was unusually clear on Saturday near the Woodlands Checkpoint from 11am to 2pm, said regular users.

"(On a) normal day, (there are) long queues here… but I think because it's Chinese New Year, a lot of people have already gone back," said Mrs Sebastian, a shopper at Woodlands Centre.

Motorists who crossed over from Johor into Singapore before noon said they took between 30 minutes and just over an hour to clear the checkpoints.

"Suddenly, I'm feeling shocked today! Because it (the traffic) is smooth!" said Azmi, a Johor resident, while Razali, also a Johor resident, noted that his journey took about an hour 15 minutes.

Except for the cargo lanes, traffic in both directions on the Causeway was moving smoothly at 1pm.

However, drivers Channel NewsAsia spoke to said traffic towards Singapore seemed to be heavier and slower, which could be due to increased border security after a Malaysian woman recently entered Singapore without clearing immigration.

At 3pm on Saturday, the number of cars moving from Johor to Singapore started to build up, while traffic heading to the Malaysian side remained generally smooth.

However, by 4pm, traffic cameras showed vehicles lining the roads leading to the checkpoint on the Singapore side.

Causeway traffic is expected to be especially heavy just before, and during the Lunar New Year holiday.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore issued an advisory on Thursday urging travellers to car-pool or take public transport. 

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