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Travellers jam the border for the holidays

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 7, 2008

Traffic at Singapore’s land checkpoints came to a standstill by 4pm on Wednesday, as thousands of travellers jostled to cross the border for the Chinese New Year celebrations and the long weekend. Vehicles were backed up several kilometres. Horns blared and tempers flared as motorists saw their chances of making it on time for their reunion dinner.

About 1.35 million travellers passed through the Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints on five days of the festivities last year, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

But this year’s number could well exceed that because, besides those marking the new year, other travellers have tagged the weekend to the public holidays on Thursday and Friday for a four-day break in Malaysia. (story)


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