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Updated: 04/17/2014 21:58 | By Channel NewsAsia

Arrival traffic at Woodlands Checkpoint heavy throughout Thursday

Arrival traffic at Woodlands Checkpoint heavy throughout Thursday

Arrival traffic at Woodlands Checkpoint heavy throughout Thursday

SINGAPORE: Arrival traffic at Woodlands Checkpoint was heavy for the whole of Thursday.

Travellers coming into Singapore from Johor Bahru attributed the congestion to the increased security checks at the immigration and customs.

Many travellers are also taking the opportunity to enter Singapore on the eve of the Good Friday holiday.

There have been incidents of breaches at the Woodlands Checkpoint recently so security at the checkpoint is understandably tighter with the heightened vigilance.

This has caused, at times, a tailback at the checkpoint.

S Kokgulan, a Malaysian motorist, said: "Nowadays, the security checks (are) very tough and the queue will be longer."

Motorists said the more thorough checks have forced them to queue for at least two hours along the causeway.

Some have taken it in their stride.

Singaporean motorist Rahim Othman said: "We think it's necessary, we need more security there."

Others hope for the process to be more efficient.

Jason Tew, a Singaporean, said: "Only hope (the checks) can (be) processed faster... (Maybe) more check-in counters (will speed up the process)."

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) expects traffic flow at the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas to be heavy over the long weekend.

Travellers have been advised to plan their journey early.

Mr Rahim said: "That's why we try to go early. We know that Sunday when we come back it (the traffic) will be jammed, so we will come back on Saturday."

Another Singaporean motorist Fauzee Jamal said: “Maybe enter Malaysia during the non-peak periods in the wee hours of the early morning."

All work permit and S Pass holders will be enrolled on the ICA's automated clearance system by the middle of this year. This will make 95 per cent of all Malaysian motorcycle trips eligible for automated clearance and will free up some counters for other vehicles.

ICA has said it will continue to take the necessary measures to improve clearance efficiency as much as possible without compromising security.  - CNA/gn

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