Travellers Seek Alternative to Beat Causeway Jam

Many travellers have found alternative options to travel to Malaysia for the year-end holidays.

Amid reports of heavy jams on the Causeway this holiday season, the Shuttle Tebrau train, a five-minute train journey which runs between Woodlands checkpoint and JB Sentral - has been particularly popular. Many services for today (24 Dec) and tomorrow have been sold out.

The service launched by Malaysian rail operator Keretapi Tanah Melayu in July this year, provides seven daily trips from both stops. Each can carry about 320 passengers.

Seats on coach services to destinations like Kuala Lumpur and Genting Highlands are limited but available, a check with three bus operators revealed.

As compared to last year, Grassland Express and Tours operations manager Steven Chew said that sales are up by about 10 per cent this year-end season, but added that Causeway traffic jams have been worse than usual.

Air tickets are still available. But according to Tigerair and Jetstar, flights for this month are almost full, in line with the usual high demand during the year-end peak travel period.

Meanwhile, Land Transport Authority traffic cameras showed jams on both sides of the Causeway and the Second Link yesterday.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority said on Tuesday (22 Dec) that traffic volume at the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints was expected to build up and continue until 2 January.

Are you making plans to head to Malaysia for the holidays? What are some of your concerns?

Source: “Travellers turn to trains to beat checkpoint jams” (The Straits Times, 24 December 2015)

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