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Expect heavy traffic through Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints for the rest of June: ICA

Expect heavy traffic through Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints for the rest of June: ICA

Cars enter Woodlands Checkpoint on Apr 1, 2022. (Photo: CNA/Vanessa Lim)

SINGAPORE: Heavy traffic through the Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints is expected to continue for the rest of June, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Wednesday (Jun 22), as it again advised travellers to adjust their travel plans.

The traffic flow through the two checkpoints has been "consistently heavy" since the start of the June school holidays, with traveller volume increasing to 278,000 per day over the recent weekend of Jun 17 to 19.

This compares with 267,000 per day during the Jun 10 to 12 weekend, 224,000 travellers per day during the Vesak Day weekend, and 149,000 travellers per day during the Good Friday weekend. 

"Travellers can expect delays during this period and are advised to adjust their travel plans, where possible, to avoid being caught in the traffic jams," the authority said.

The authority advised travellers to factor in additional time for immigration clearance and to avoid the following peak hours:

Departing Singapore

  • Saturday (Jun 25): 6am to 9am, 9pm to 11.59pm 
  • Sunday (Jun 26): 6am to 8am 

Arriving in Singapore

  • Weekdays (until Jun 24): 10pm to 11.59pm
  • Saturday (Jun 25): 9pm to 11.59pm 
  • Sunday (Jun 26): 6pm to 11.59pm

Additionally, travellers leaving via the Woodlands Checkpoint should note that upgrading works on arrival immigration car booths have been ongoing at Malaysia's Bangunan Sultan Iskandar since Jun 6. During this period, booths undergoing upgrading will not be in operation.

ICA also advised motorists to check the traffic situation at the land checkpoints through the Land Transport Authority’s One Motoring website or via the Expressway Monitoring & Advisory System (EMAS) installed along the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) and Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) respectively.

Motorists can also check ICA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates on the traffic situation at both land checkpoints.

"To avoid getting caught in traffic jams at the land checkpoints, travellers can take the cross-border bus services provided by public bus operators, instead of driving into Malaysia via private vehicles," ICA added. 

Source: CNA/yb(aj)

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