More pedestrian overhead bridges with lifts and noise barriers along railway viaducts amongst measures to contribute to a more inclusive and liveable community
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will undertake an island-wide Walk2Ride programme to construct more sheltered linkways near transport nodes and ensure better connectivity for commuters who walk to their rides. Expect a more comfortable, convenient and seamless travel experience when you walk to your ride from your home to the MRT station or bus interchange.
2. Besides the Walk2Ride Programme, LTA will also construct lifts at more pedestrian overhead bridges and implement more noise barriers at selected locations along railway viaducts in the coming years. These initiatives are part of the Land Transport Masterplan 2013 theme of building a land transport system that is well-connected and contributes to an inclusive and liveable community in Singapore.
i) Better Sheltered Connectivity to Transport Nodes by 2018
3. The Walk2Ride programme aims to promote the use of public transport by enhancing the connectivity between transport nodes (e.g. MRT stations, LRT stations and bus interchanges) and trip generating hubs (e.g. schools, shopping centres and homes).
4. Currently, sheltered linkways are only provided from transport nodes to schools and health care facilities within a 200m radius. Sheltered linkways are also provided within residential estates by the Town Councils.
5. Under the Walk2Ride programme, LTA will expand the coverage of the sheltered linkway network by ensuring sheltered connectivity between transport nodes and schools, health care facilities and public amenities within a 400m radius of key transport nodes. The Walk2Ride programme will connect shopping, leisure, commercial and residential developments within a 400m radius of all MRT stations and within a 200m radius of all LRT stations and bus interchanges. The Walk2Ride programme will also connect about 100 existing bus shelters with high usage to trip generating hubs within a 200m radius of these bus shelters.
6. To ensure this connectivity, LTA will leverage on the existing network of sheltered linkways and implement an additional 200km of new sheltered linkways. Besides sheltered linkways, LTA will also ensure barrier-free connectivity and put in signs, network maps and rest areas to further enhance the walking experience. An estimated budget of over $330 million will be set aside for the Walk2Ride programme.
7. Construction of the sheltered linkways will be carried out in phases over a 5-year period from 2014 to 2018. When completed, the Walk2Ride programme will provide a comfortable, convenient and seamless journey for commuters when they transit between transport nodes and their destinations.
ii) More Pedestrian Overhead Bridges Fitted with Lifts
8. To further enhance accessibility to our transport infrastructure, especially for the less mobile, LTA will expand the installation of lifts to about another 40 pedestrian overhead bridges (POBs). Currently, works are already ongoing to install lifts at six POBs.
9. The additional POBs are selected based on the following criteria:
(a) They are located within 200m of MRT stations, bus interchanges/integrated transport hubs, within 100m of bus hubs & LRT stations and 100m of health institutions, welfare homes, homes for the aged and schools for special needs children;
(b) The provision of a new at-grade pedestrian crossing is technically not feasible;
(c) There is sufficiently high usage of the POB, with no barrier-free alternatives nearby; and
(d) The retrofitting of lifts at the POB is cost-effective and technically feasible.
10. LTA will conduct detailed technical studies and will announce the locations of the POBs once the study is completed.
11. The installation of lifts at more POBs will cost about $60 million. The lifts will be installed progressively, starting from 2014, with 20 expected to be completed by 2016 and the remaining to be completed by 2018. POBs that are nearer MRT stations and integrated transport hubs will be given priority.
iii) Keeping Rail Noise Out with 20km of Noise Barriers
12. Besides improving the connectivity to our land transport system, LTA will also look into measures to minimise the impact of our land transport infrastructure on our living environment.
13. In September 2011, LTA conducted a railway noise measurement study along the entire length of the elevated train tracks island-wide, including 455 blocks of flats located close to elevated viaducts or turnouts. The study identified the locations along the tracks that have exceeded National Environment Agency (NEA)’s existing guidelines of 67 decibels (dBA) averaged over an hour (Leq 1-hour).
14. Based on the findings of the study, an extensive number of noise barriers along elevated railway tracks will be needed to mitigate the level of railway noise at the various hotspots where noise levels have exceeded 67 decibels averaged over an hour. Assuming current technology, some 20km of noise barriers may be needed, although LTA will continue to explore alternative noise mitigation measures.
15. The implementation of additional noise barriers follows a successful trial that was carried out near Bishan MRT station and at the new MRT viaduct at the Jurong East Modification Project. The trial is currently being extended to Tampines, Jurong East and Toh Guan. The installation of noise barriers is expected to bring down railway noise levels by 5 to 10 decibels.
16. The installation of the noise barriers will cost close to $300 million. Works to install the barriers will begin towards the end of 2013 and is expected to complete by 2020. The installation plan for the barriers will dovetail with the planned sleeper renewal works. The detailed noise barrier implementation plan will be announced in due course, after the sleeper replacement programme is firmed up. LTA will continue to work with the operators to tighten the maintenance regime of fleet and tracks to minimise noise.