Massive jams at Woodlands, Tuas checkpoints after clearance systems hit by "intermittent slowness"

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The clearance systems at Tuas and Woodlands Checkpoints were both hit by "intermittent slowness" at 5.40pm yesterday (May 16), resulting in massive jams at both locations.

Stompers Ivan and Helmi sent to Stomp photos of the seas of motorists at the checkpoints due to the problems with the clearance systems.

A video posted on SBS - Sure Boh Singapore also shows traffic having come to a standstill as far as the eye can see at one of the causeways.

The Immigrations & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore posted on its Facebook page that the clearance systems were experiencing intermittent slowness since 5.40pm.

"As this coincides with the departure peak period, more resources have been deployed to manage the situation at the land checkpoints. Investigations are ongoing," said ICA in an initial update.

In a subsequent update at about 8.17pm, ICA said that the systems were "progressively returning to normal" and advised travellers to postpone "non-essential travel".

In a final update at 6.38am today (May 17), ICA said:

"The immigration clearance system at the land checkpoints has returned to normal.

"We apologise for the inconvenience caused to all affected travellers.

"Traffic is expected to be heavy during the morning peak hours.

"Motorists are advised to check LTA's One Motoring website for updates on the traffic situation before embarking on their journey.

"We seek travellers' understanding and patience."