There is a need to balance the forces of the demand and supply of services, which fluctuates greatly within each day. Transport planners also have to grapple with the challenge of utilising public funds, in an accountable and effective manner.
Over the years, we have asked for progressive developments to our existing transportation networks. Our plan is to have an integrated transport hub that will connect our MRT, bus, bicycle and pedestrian networks into one unit.
A North-South Expressway
The population along the Northern corridor is growing. To improve traffic flow, four new flyovers and five new roads are planned, at different stages. There are also plans to widen carriageways along various key roads. A north-south expressway is one of them.
More trains to Yishun
For those who commute via rail, the upcoming Thomson Line will serve to improve overall accessibility to the region. Residents can look towards enjoying a faster ride into the city upon its completion. To enhance the network further, 13 more trains are currently being progressively added to the existing fleet, while another 22 trains are expected to be delivered in 2016.
More buses to Yishun
Under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (“BSEP”), we will have four new bus services (including two City-Direct services) and increased the frequency of 24 existing bus services.
A new air-conditioned bus interchange at the upcoming Northpoint City will also be built. This will offer more bus services to our doorstep in Yishun.
To promote a more environmentally-friendly approach, there will be a 50km intra-town cycling path network to be laid across seven HDB Towns (including Yishun). There are plans to construct another 16km of cycling paths within the Marina Bay area. Upon completion, these paths can be used for an intensive cycling session or a casual stroll to take in the city lights as the sun sets.
Approaching connectivity as a network
We have to develop a transport system that is convenient so that our residents can choose to walk or cycle to work or pick from a multitude of train and bus options. This will promote a cleaner and more sustainable landscape.
We have to ensure that Singapore remains a liveable city-state. The travelling experience will be enhanced with a greater array of connection options.
Artists’ Impressions of the new Springleaf and Canbera MRT stations