If Singapore is your would-be destination during the school holidays, then you may want to think again.
The Johor-Singapore Causeway or known as Tambak Johor to us Malaysians is a 1,056-metre stretch that links the city of Johor Bharu and Woodlands across the Straits of Johor.
Despite endless suggestion of building bridges to link both nations (cue numerous bridge proposals), the status quo of the Causeway remains and is currently becoming a bane than a boon to those who are dependent on the bridge.
According to Today Voices, jams across the Causeway is common not only during work days but seem to only become worse during school holidays. And at the current peak season, many found themselves stuck for hours!
According to the article, the responses of the readers came following a writer who was stuck in traffic for hours due to the slow clearance at the Woodlands Checkpoint.
Unsympathetic, mixed responses were given by readers ranging from hiring extra employees and offering better data for travellers to plan journeys.
Among them came from Indra Adiro who wrote, “Maybe the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) can give a breakdown of how many cars are packing the highways leading to the checkpoints during off-peak and peak periods and the number of immigration counters operating during those periods.”
“At least people who are still keen to cross the checkpoints can estimate how long the jam will be.”
According to Desmond Poon, “I travel often to Kuala Lumpur. The jam is always at Singapore’s side, both going in and getting out. There simply aren’t enough counters opened to clear the traffic. And we were supposed to be super-efficient.”
Ben Tan writes, “Just take public buses. Don’t contribute to the jam by driving your car. Use Grab in Johor Bharu.”
Despite its many wonders and attractions, driving to the Singapore may not need be the only option for Malaysians looking to go in and out of Singapore.
What say you? What are your experiences braving the Causeway?
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