Travellers advised to plan ahead when using land checkpoints during Chinese New Year

SINGAPORE - With the Chinese New Year holiday coming up on Feb 19, motorists have been advised to plan ahead and adjust their travel plans if possible to avoid traffic snarls at the land checkpoints.

In an advisory issued on Wednesday, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) noted that traffic flow through the checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas is expected to be heavy.

Traffic volume is expected to build up at the two land checkpoints from Friday, Feb 13, till Sunday, Feb 22, said the ICA.

For vehicles departing Singapore, traffic is expected to be heaviest on Feb 17 and 18 - the two days before the Chinese New Year. For vehicles arriving in Singapore, the peak traffic volume is expected to occur during the weekend of the Chinese New Year holiday, on Feb 21 and 22.

To ease traffic congestion, the ICA advised travellers to carpool, and encouraged eligible users - Singaporeans, permanent residents and Long Term Pass holders - to use the enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System lanes at bus halls.

Motorists can check on the traffic situation at both land checkpoints before starting their journey to avoid congestion.

Motorists can visit the Land Transport Authority's OneMotoring website (http://www.onemotoring.com.sg) for updates on the latest traffic conditions.

rtan@sph.com.sg