ERP to address congestion during morning and evening peak hours
To manage traffic congestion on the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) between Jurong Town Hall Road and North Buona Vista Road during the morning and evening peak hours, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will implement Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) along the expressway.
2 Today, motorists using the stretch of AYE (City) between Jurong Town Hall Road and Clementi Road experience heavy congestion during both the morning and evening peak hours on weekdays. Similarly, motorists heading in the opposite direction also experience heavy congestion when using the stretch of AYE (Tuas) between North Buona Vista Road and Clementi Road during the evening peak hours on weekdays.
3 Based on LTA’s traffic monitoring, the traffic speeds at the two locations have been consistently below the optimal speed range of 45km/h to 65km/h for expressways, and dipping to as low as 35km/h over the past one-and-a-half years. With increasing traffic demand arising from future developments in the area, such as at the Jurong Gateway, traffic conditions along this corridor are expected to worsen.
4 A set of three gantries will be built. An ERP gantry will be built on AYE (City) before the Clementi Avenue 6 exit. Two other gantries on slip roads into this stretch of AYE will also be built to complement the first gantry, at (i) the slip road into AYE (City) from Clementi Avenue 6, (ii) the slip road into AYE (City) from Clementi Avenue 2.
5 ERP will be implemented during both the morning and evening peak hours on weekdays. Motorists using Clementi Avenue 6 and Clementi Avenue 2 without entering AYE (City) will not be affected.
6 Similarly, an ERP gantry will be built on AYE (Tuas) before the Clementi Road exit to manage the traffic demand along this stretch of AYE (Tuas) during the evening peak hours on weekdays. There are currently no plans to activate this gantry during the morning peak hours as traffic speeds during this period are generally within the optimal range.
7 Construction of the ERP gantries will start in the later part of this year. The new gantries are expected to be completed and activated around the middle of 2014. Please refer to Annex A for a map of the locations of the new ERP gantries.
8 LTA will finalise the operating hours, as well as the ERP rates, for the new gantries after taking into account the latest traffic speeds review prior to implementation. Details will be announced closer to the implementation date.
Alternative routes and transport options
9 Motorists who wish to avoid paying ERP on this stretch of AYE during its operating hours can switch their time of travel, or make use of alternative routes, including the West Coast Highway and the Commonwealth Avenue-Tiong Bahru Road corridor.
10 Motorists can also consider switching to public transport. LTA is ramping up public transport alternatives in the west. For instance, from the third quarter of 2013, Jurong West commuters will be able to enjoy a new City Direct bus service during peak hours, introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme. LTA is also studying the feasibility of a similar service from Clementi. To ramp up train capacity, 13 trains will be brought in by 2014 and 28 trains by 2016 to add capacity to the North-South and East-West Lines. This is over and on top of the 22 new trains that have been added as part of the Jurong East Modification Project in 2011.