We refer to Mr Jose Raymond's letter "Improve our public transport system to reduce on cars" (Today, 20 September 2011) and Mr Goh Si Guim's letter "Making way for more roads not the solution (Today, 14 September 2011).
We agree that improving our public transport will help to reduce reliance on cars. This is why to keep our roads smooth flowing, LTA adopts a holistic approach in building Singapore's urban transport system that includes expanding our public transport network, building roads, and managing traffic through measures such as the Vehicle Quota System (VQS) and Electronic Road Pricing (ERP). Given land constraints, our priority is to make public transport an attractive option for more Singaporeans. But even as we promote the use of public transport, roads are still needed to serve new developments and support economic growth. Buses also need smooth flowing roads to serve commuters.
Lornie Road is part of the Outer Ring Road System that allows motorists to travel between the east and the west sides of the island without having to go through the city centre. It is also an essential road connection with the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) for motorists from residential estates in the central and northern parts of the island, such as Ang Mo Kio and Bishan. Today, with increased traffic, Lornie Road experiences heavier traffic than before, especially during the morning and evening peak hours. Poor traffic conditions are also observed on the slip roads connecting PIE and Lornie Road.
The alignment of the new road to alleviate Lornie Road traffic was drawn up in careful consultation with URA and NParks, taking into consideration immediate transport needs, future development plans for Bukit Brown, and environmental factors. Care was taken to avoid adversely affecting the MacRitchie Reservoir Nature Reserve and the acquisition of private land. When completed, the new road will increase road capacity to facilitate East-West travel. It will also provide connectivity for future housing developments in the Bukit Brown area.
To preserve the heritage of Bukit Brown Cemetery, URA and LTA will work with the Singapore Heritage Society and relevant stakeholders to identify and document key heritage elements of the cemetery.
We thank Mr Raymond and Mr Goh for their feedback.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Acting Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority