We refer to Mr Mark Tan Eng Aun’s letter “Rethink move to close link to expressway” (Straits Times, 23 November).
The Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) is intended to be the main expressway connecting traffic between the east and the west. By channelling traffic currently using the East Coast Parkway (ECP) to MCE, it will allow for a series of road network changes in the city centre which will free up valuable land space in the city centre currently occupied by the ECP. These changes will also allow for the future development of the Marina Bay downtown. Without a major expressway cutting through the heart of the city centre, the overall quality of the new downtown at Marina Bay as a live-work-play precinct will be enhanced.
Contrary to what Mr Tan suggested, when MCE opens, motorists can continue to use the Fort Road Interchange to connect directly with MCE where he can travel to the CBD or to the west via the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE). He can connect directly to Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) via MCE Exit 3 to Central Boulevard, and the travelling time is expected to be similar to today.
However, motorists using this interchange will not be able to connect directly into ECP(City) leading towards Sheares Avenue and KPE(TPE) due to safety reasons. With the short distance between Fort Road and ECP/KPE/MCE interchanges, it will be unsafe to allow motorists to connect directly with ECP, as they will have to weave through heavy traffic coming from the main ECP and turning into MCE. Hence, the Fort Road Interchange was designed to only connect directly to MCE.
While this will affect a small group of motorists currently travelling to the Rochor Road Interchange via ECP, there are several alternatives available. Motorists can enter ECP via Tanjong Katong Road or via East Coast Park Service Road from Fort Road. Alternatively, motorists can also use Mountbatten Road.
As with all changes to the road network, motorists will need to make suitable adjustments to their travelling routes. Depending on their origins and destinations, some motorists may cut down on their journey times when they use the MCE. Others may not benefit so directly. Some motorists may need to make adjustments when MCE opens on 29 December. We will put up temporary signs at the key approaches to remind motorists of the key changes. Traffic wardens will also be deployed in the first week of the opening to help direct motorists. Motorists can also refer to the LTA website for more information on the road network changes.
We thank Mr Tan for the opportunity to clarify.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority