We refer to Mr Ajit Singh Nagpal’s letter “Why levy ERP on traffic leaving city?” (The Straits Times, 19 September).
Mr Singh has suggested moving the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) gantry located at Central Boulevard to after the turn-off into Sheares Avenue.
With the opening of the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE), the ERP cordon for the Central Business District (CBD) has been adjusted to ensure that developments in Marina Bay Downtown will continue to be within the cordon. The ERP gantry at Central Boulevard takes into account roads in Marina South leading into the CBD. If that gantry is shifted to after the turn-off into Sheares Avenue, some roads leading into the CBD would not be included.
Motorists who do not wish to enter CBD roads during the ERP period can take many alternative routes to reach their destination.
For example, a motorist travelling from the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) to Rochor, instead of using the MCE, can use the AYE, Central Expressway and exit via Clemenceau Road, Buyong Road and Cavenagh Road to get to Rochor in the morning, when the Orchard ERP cordon is not in operation. From the AYE, they can take Portsdown Road, Farrer Road and Bukit Timah Road to reach Rochor.
With better traffic distribution since MCE opened, we were able to lower ERP rates on the MCE and East Coast Parkway for some timeslots during the morning and evening peak hours, while maintaining the ERP rates in the CBD cordons.
We thank Mr Singh for his feedback.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority