Heavy traffic at Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints expected over coming weekend

Heavy traffic at Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints expected over coming weekend

Traffic flow at both the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints are expected to be heavy starting from this Friday evening till Hari Raya Haji on Oct 15, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority said in a statement.

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Here is the press release in full

With Hari Raya Haji holiday coming up 15 October 2013, traffic flow through the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas is expected to be heavy. Travellers intending to use the land checkpoints during the peak periods should take note of the following information.

Traffic volume at the two land checkpoints is expected to build up from Friday evening (11 October) and will continue throughout the weekend till Tuesday (15 October). Travellers using the land checkpoints during these periods can expect delays.

To avoid a surge of people and vehicles seeking clearance at the land checkpoints, travellers are advised to adjust their travel plans if possible. With security checks, traffic build-up is inevitable, particularly when a large number of travellers use the checkpoints at the same time.

If you must travel during the peak periods and will be driving, you can play a part to ease congestion at the land checkpoints by maintaining lane discipline at all times. You are also encouraged to car-pool or make use of public transport. Singaporeans issued with the BioPass or registered with the National Registration Office, are encouraged to use the enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS) lanes at the bus halls for immigration clearance. The eIACS allows you to clear immigration through automated lanes within 12 seconds at no additional cost.

Travellers are reminded to ensure that they are carrying their own passports before presenting themselves for immigration clearance at the checkpoints. The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has detected a number of cases where travellers presented the wrong passports for immigration clearance. This has affected clearance efficiency and caused inconvenience to other checkpoint users. In addition, travellers should also make sure that they do not bring unlawful or prohibited goods into or out of Singapore. The list of controlled and prohibited items can be found on ICA's website.

Travellers leaving Singapore by Woodlands or Tuas Checkpoints will be able to know in advance the traffic situation from LTA's Expressway Monitoring & Advisory System (EMAS) installed along the AYE and BKE respectively. You can also call the traffic information hotline at 6863-0117, listen to TrafficWatch on the radio or visit LTA's One Motoring website (http://www.onemotoring.com.sg) to check the latest traffic conditions at the land checkpoints before embarking on your journey.

Our borders are our first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore's security. The security checks are critical to our nation's security. The ICA will put in every effort and continue to take the necessary measures to improve clearance efficiency as much as possible without compromising security. We seek your understanding and cooperation, as your security is our utmost concern.

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