Traffic snarl at Woodlands Checkpoint as Hari Raya Aidilfitri long weekend begins

Heavy traffic at the Woodlands Checkpoint, on June 15,2018.
Heavy traffic at the Woodlands Checkpoint, on June 15,2018.PHOTO: LTA

SINGAPORE - Motorists faced long lines at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Friday (June 15) at the start of the long festive weekend.

Heavy traffic was first seen at the checkpoint from about 5pm on Thursday, the eve of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, with the congestion only subsiding past midnight.

On Friday, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a Facebook post at 1.50pm that traffic arriving into Singapore was heavy.

Motorists were advised to check the Land Transport Authority's One Motoring website before the start of their journey.

Earlier, at about 10.30am, ICA warned motorists who were heading to Malaysia to expect delays at the checkpoint.

It also put up a similar Facebook post at 5.05pm on Thursday warning of heavy departure traffic at the checkpoint.

In an advisory on June 8, ICA said that traffic flow is likely to be heavy during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri weekend, particularly from June 14 to June 18.

"With security checks, traffic build-up is inevitable, especially when large number of travellers use the checkpoints at the same time," it said, adding that travellers are advised to adjust their travel plans where necessary.