This is just sharing about the ‘not so good’ experience in crossing the border from Singapore to Malaysia via Causeway during peak hours @last minute ….so never do this in future if unnecessary.
It’s was Friday,22 July, I was trying my best to reach Kranji MRT as soon as possible right after my last meeting which ended at 5.30pm.
By the time I reached Kranji MRT it was already near 6pm, the bus stops for both side of the roads were already very crowded..
As the clock clicked, more influx of people rushing to the bus stop.. worst of all the buses took ages to arrived.
When the bus arrived, many dashed to the bus, fighting their way up to board the bus, using all their might to squeeze into the already crowded bus. (Sound familiar for those who had travelled in India?) Only those that dare to bulldoze managed to get into the bus. Obviously, it is not easy to get into the bus ..gentleman act? don’t dream about it. There is no queue, no sequence of who come first or later but just do whatever you can to get into the bus..totally disorder and chaotic.
Want to know how people board the bus? Watch the later part of this video(it was something like that), in fact in the earlier section of this video the ladies board the bus first and most guys board later. However, in the Kranji case it was the guys fighting the way up first.
Notice the jam on the road opposite the Kranji MRT? One will have to wait for long time for the next bus to arrived as the road was so congested.
If you think why not wait for the next bus why the hassle? While waiting you will notice it was getting crowded every minutes as seem like most people come straight to this bus stop opposite Kranji MRT after work. Finally the bus came but it was already overloaded thus it did not stop but just bypass.
Conclusion then was ..better think of alternative, so I went back to the Kranji MRT and took the MRT train to Woodland MRT thinking that I should be able to access to KTM Railway easily..(I intend to change the original plan from taking coach@Larkin to take the overnight KTM railway train instead which suppose to take longer hours) thinking that it may not be so crowded. When I reached Woodland MRT while asking for direction to KTM railway train station, I was advised to take Bus 851 from the nearby Woodland Interchange to reach KTM railway train station, again the bus was very packed but this time there was order and queue. Later was told railway ticket sold out and was advised not to waste that trip but was guided to take Bus 951 from Woodland Interchange to the Singapore Causeway Custom instead. Here though the crowd was no better than Kranji but at least all queue for the buses, just wait for your turn. It took an hour to reach from the original 15mins.
Once the bus stopped at the Singapore Causeway Custom you will noticed that most pace up or even run to clear the custom as fast as possible. After the immigration clearance..Wow! Shockingly the whole place was pack like sardine!!
It is not a smooth journey at all.
Later then I realised that it’s not an appropriate time to travel to Malaysia at all for there are added crowd whom travel to KL for the holiday as well as Soccer game..and this add on to the heavy traffic on the Fri peak hours..
Only realised why it was such a terrible crowd .. when I saw the below headline in the news..
“28 July 2011 Singapore Vs Malaysia Soccer World Cup Qualifier! The exciting 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifying second-leg match between Malaysia and Singapore. Soccer World Cup, this clash was played on Thursday 28th July 2011 which held at Bukit Jalil Stadium KL. …”