We refer to Ms Shirlene Yeo’s letter “Will Jurong Lake District's transport infrastructure be upgraded?” (TODAY, 28 Sep).
When planning for future transport infrastructure, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) works closely with relevant agencies, such as the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to ensure that our transport infrastructure is sufficient to meet the growth in travel demand arising from new developments.
To support the development of the Jurong Lake District, LTA has already made a series of road improvements to provide additional capacity to the road network and improve accessibility to the area. For example, we recently completed the widening of Jurong Town Hall Road that links to the PIE and AYE as well as widening and extending Jurong Gateway Road. We also completed the construction of two new road connections - Gateway Link and Venture Avenue. LTA will also start works to widen Jurong East Street 11. To improve pedestrian access, two new covered pedestrian overhead bridges and covered link ways near Jurong East MRT Station and IMM Building have also been completed.
Besides improving the road network, we have also started construction of the Tuas West extension which will add four more stations to the existing East West Line. In addition, 35 more trains will be provided to increase the overall capacity for North-South-East-West Line (NSEWL) by 2016. SMRT is also upgrading the signalling system for the NSEWL to allow train service to run at shorter intervals of 100 seconds during peak periods. Compared to today's peak interval of 120 seconds, this will potentially increase the capacity of the line by up to 20% during peak periods. When these improvements are completed, it will increase the overall capacity of our rail network and meet the increase in travel demand expected with the new developments, including the Jurong Lake District.
LTA will also build an Integrated Transport Hub with a fully air-conditioned bus interchange in Jurong East. The timing of the construction of hub will be aligned with the overall development plans for the area providing better integration with the existing Jurong East MRT Station and adjoining developments.
We will continue to monitor the developments in the area and enhance the integration of the road network and public transport services as necessary.
We thank Ms Yeo for her feedback and the opportunity to layout the details of upcoming improvements.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations & Public Education
Land Transport Authority