We refer to Mr Sau Sio’s letter “How does LTA ensure bus stops are useful”, (Today Online, 27 February 2012).
Bus shelters are generally placed at regular intervals for the convenience of commuters. Where site conditions allow, a typical bus shelter is located along the straight section of the bus bay to allow buses to stop for passengers to alight and board at the designated bus stop location expediently and safely.
Unlike other bus stops, this particular bus stop along Bukit Timah has insufficient space to site a bus shelter parallel to the bus bay. As traffic flow along this stretch of Bukit Timah Road is often heavy, especially during the peak hours, a bus bay is necessary to prevent the buses stopping at this bus stop from obstructing traffic flow along the main road. Railings were also installed to guide commuters to board the bus at the designated bus bay, keeping them safely away from the carriageway. The railings also deter bus drivers from stopping at the tapered end of the bus bay and hamper traffic while alighting passengers. As this bus stop serves a large number of passengers, a shelter was constructed to ensure that passengers could wait within shelter for their buses. To overcome the site constraint, the bus shelter had to be located slightly away from the bus bay, so that commuters can still wait within the bus shelter before their bus arrives.
We thank Mr Sio for the opportunity to clarify.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations and Public Education
Land Transport Authority