Heavy congestion towards Singapore at Woodlands Checkpoint despite end of school holidays

The live camera feed on the One Motoring portal showed heavy congestion stretching across the Causeway from Johor for much of Tuesday. PHOTOS: LTA

SINGAPORE - Massive traffic jams at Woodlands Causeway coming into Singapore continued throughout much of Tuesday despite the end of the March school holidays.

The live camera feed on the OneMotoring portal showed heavy congestion stretching across the Causeway from Johor for much of the day, with no signs of easing at 11.06pm.

A video posted on social media platform TikTok by a user called jbsgcauseway showed that the traffic jam had already started in the wee hours of Tuesday at about 1am.

Drivers and motorcyclists also took to Facebook to complain about the long waiting times to clear immigration.

In response to queries, an Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) spokesman said the congestion in the afternoon could have been caused by Singapore residents returning after the March school holidays, coupled with the departure traffic peak when Malaysian workers return home.

“The load was particularly heavy during the late afternoon and evening when the arrival and departure peaks coincided,” he said.

ICA had on Tuesday warned of heavy traffic towards Singapore at Woodlands Checkpoint in a series of updates on social media.

In a Facebook post at about 7am on Tuesday, ICA said: “Delays are expected and travellers are advised to check traffic conditions before embarking on their journey.”

The post was updated at about 2.30pm to remind motorists to maintain lane discipline and cooperate with officers deployed to manage traffic at the checkpoint.

At 11pm, the ICA post said traffic at Woodlands Checkpoint towards Singapore was still heavy.

The ICA spokesman said: “Throughout the day, ICA toggled our resources between arrival and departure traffic and across the different conveyance modes of cars, motorcycles, lorries and buses to tackle the different peaks.”

When the arrival traffic for lorries and buses eased at 7pm, ICA then redeployed its resources to the arrival car zones.

The heavy arrival car traffic subsided at 1.30am on Wednesday, the spokesman added.

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