We refer to Mr Yiang Kok Hon’s letter, ‘Build LRT stations in older estates’ (ST, 4 Feb).
When we plan the public transport network for each town , we look at all transport options and select the most suitable local transport system to support the travel demand. The transport plans for each area are developed based on factors such as land use plans, expected ridership and projected costs.
LRT systems in Punggol, Sengkang and Bukit Panjang serve as high-capacity feeder services to connect commuters to the MRT system or to trunk bus services. For mature estates, retrofitting an LRT system can pose challenging technical considerations which may not be possible for built-up estates. For example, the system generally requires minimum turning radius to ensure a smooth ride. In addition, there will also be additional land take needed for stations and related facilities such as a train depot.
Currently, areas such as Bukit Merah Central, Telok Blangah, Radin Mas and Bukit Purmei are served by a comprehensive network of bus services that connect residents to nearby MRT stations or bus interchanges. For example, commuters from Bukit Merah Central can take Services 5, 16 or 851 directly to Tiong Bahru MRT, while commuters from Telok Blangah Way and Bukit Purmei Avenue can take Service 195 and Service 123 respectively to the MRT station. Being close to the city centre, residents living in these areas are also well served by buses that link directly to the CBD (Service 131), Orchard (Services 16 and 124) and Marina Centre (Service 195) areas.
We will continue to monitor the transport needs in mature areas and work with the operators as needed to meet commuters’ travel needs.
We thank Mr Yiang for the opportunity to explain.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations and Public Education
Land Transport Authority