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standing scientists and engineers single outfit yesterday. Business leaders will discuss the HDB. The rejection rate,
here, are now open till Feb 23. The merger, announced last their strategies for harnessing which used to be around 22 to
Previous winners include Dr August, aims to improve services the potential of a diverse work- 77 per cent, has declined to 14
Tan Chorh Chuan, president of the that provide singles here with so- force in the current economic to 50 per cent.
National University of Singapore. cialising and dating opportunities. landscape. – THE STRAITS TIMES

Woodlands
traffic
scheme to
stay for good
VICTORIA BARKER

F
ROM this Sunday, residents and shopowners
near the checkpoint in Woodlands can be
assured of a smoother flow of traffic –
permanently.
The traffic-diversion scheme at Woodlands Centre
Road – which leads to the Woodlands checkpoint –
is not going anywhere, said the Land Transport
Authority, the Traffic Police and the Immigration
& Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in a press release
yesterday.
The scheme went on trial in September last year,
and there has been positive feedback – such as less
noise pollution and smoother traffic flow – from the
Woodlands community since it was put in place.
Under the scheme, only public and school buses
are allowed to turn right into Woodlands Crossing
from Woodlands Centre Road, while motorcycles and
heavy vehicles such as lorries are not allowed to do
so.
All other vehicles are can turn into the road only
between 4pm and 10pm on weekdays, and 10am and
10pm on weekends and public holidays.
Old Woodlands Road and the Bukit Timah
Expressway serve as alternative routes.
The trial came about after complaints from
Woodlands Town Centre residents and merchants,
who said that heavy traffic flow was congesting
roads and driving away potential shoppers.
In November, the ICA announced its plan to
re-open the old Woodlands checkpoint to trucks and
lorries to further ease congestion.
More lanes will also be opened to motorcycles by
March, according to a Straits Times report last
November.
In addition to
traffic signs
HELPDESK displayed in the
Woodlands area,
Diversion: policemen will
 gǎi dào continue to be
stationed along
the affected roads
Trial: and at their
shì yàn junctions to guide
motorists.
Congestion:
 dǔ sè vbarker@sph.
com.sg