Monthly Archives: September 2008

KPE to fully open to traffic this Saturday

Finally KPE is going to be open to traffic this coming Saturday. It would definitely ease some of the traffic congestion from the other expressways. ERP gantries are situated throughout the KPE and would be turned on when traffic speeds get too low.

For an interactive site on KPE, check out KPE Underground.

Asha Popatlal
Channel NewsAsia

The Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) is finally ready and will be fully opened to traffic this Saturday at 10 am.

Part of the tunnel was opened under the first phase about a year ago.

More than 14,000 light fittings ensure that the transition from the bright sunlight into the KPE tunnel is easy on the eye – while ensuring the interior is well lit.

But once inside, motorists will have to get used to the speed limit of 70 kilometres per hour, much lower than the Central Expressway tunnel’s speed limit of 80 kilometres per hour.

Marcus Karakashian, director, Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway, Land Transport Authority, said: “(The) KPE is not a straight tunnel…the tunnel has some long sweeping bends. There are line of sight issues – high speeds mean long braking distances. If there is an incident around the corner, and you start braking, you are part of the incident.”

Cameras which operate round the clock will help enforce the speed limit.

But if speeds go down, 16 Electronic Road Pricing gantries erected throughout the KPE could be switched on, at some point.

Within the tunnel, there is a whole host of features to ensure this longest road tunnel in Southeast Asia – 9 kilometres in all – stays safe.

Different types of cameras can spot stationary vehicles and people, as well as zoom in on incidents.

All these measures have helped give KPE the green light to open after two years of assessment by an independent team.

But with the recent incident of a photographer fainting in the tunnel during a community event, what is the quality of air inside?

The tunnel has powerful nozzles, which blow in fresh air in the event that carbon monoxide fumes and temperatures build up in the tunnel. They are also far more useful in the event of an incident like a fire, when there is a need to blow in fresh air for people who may be stuck inside the tunnel. And just further down the tunnel, bad air is blown out of the exits to ventilation buildings which are at road surface level.

In addition, a team of nine Traffic Marshalls is deployed round the clock to arrive at an accident spot within eight minutes to control traffic problems. – CNA/ms

Traffic diversions, transport alternatives planned for F1 weekend

Asha Popatlal
Channel NewsAsia

While it is a race for some of the fastest cars in the world, speeds may slow down for Singapore motorists when the city’s first Formula One night race takes off later this month.

From September 20, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will have a series of phased road closures affecting the Marina Centre area, in order to set up and dismantle the race infrastructure.

But in order to keep the area humming, a limited number of special labels, which would allow vehicles to use designated emergency lanes, will be given out to businesses there. Some lanes will also be open during the morning peak period.

Taxis, too, will not be able to get into the vicinity during this road closure period, unless they are ferrying guests with a special hotel guest pass.

Commuters affected by road closures and bus diversions can take a free bridging bus service which connects the City Hall and Bugis MRT stations to the Suntec-Marina Bay and Millenia areas.

SMRT is also increasing the number of trains from September 23. For the race weekend, at least another 960 train trips will be added and service extended till 1.30am.

On the race day – September 28 – there will also be free shuttle buses from Outram Park, Clarke Quay, Kallang and Lavender MRT stations to the race area.

However, one may be better off partying at various venues after the race, instead of trying to head home along with the expected 100,000 crowd.

LTA is distributing about half a million information brochures with the latest traffic information, which is also available online at

Access F1 – Road Closure & Public Transport Guide

Traffic diversion scheme to ease congestion at Woodlands Checkpoint

Channel NewsAsia

A three-month trial traffic diversion scheme will be implemented from September 15 to help ease the traffic congestion problem at Woodlands Checkpoint.

Under the scheme, cars will no longer be allowed to turn right into the checkpoint from Woodlands Centre Road from 4pm onwards on weekdays, and between 10am and 10pm on weekends and public holidays.

But this will not apply to school buses, SBS and SMRT buses.

This is on top of the current all-day restriction for heavy vehicles and motorcycles.

During these times, motorists can use of alternative routes via old Woodlands Road or the Bukit Timah Expressway.

It is hoped that the move can help ease congestion and shorten travelling time.

The public can contact the Land Transport Authority at 1800-255-5528 for more enquiries about the trial scheme. – CNA /ls

LTA – get fined $130 for dropping someone off at or near the bus stop

Received a forwarded email. Wondering if it’s true, but still good to be aware of it:

LTA has contracted six traffic wardens from a private company at $34,000 a year to take down the licence plate number, make and colour of vehicles that intrude into bus lanes at peak hours. (They are incognito with camera in hands……so don’t expect to see a TP, etc)

Note you can get fined $130 for dropping someone off at or near the bus stop.

LTA has intensified their operations at the following

1) Eunos Link
2) Hougang Ave 3
3) Jurong Town Hall Rd
4) Lorong Chuan
5) Orchard Rd
6) Upper Serangoon Rd
7) Upper Thomson Rd
8) Yishun Ave 2

Additional spots where speed traps were seen:

1) PIE towards airport near Toa Payoh exit, tripod mounted speed camera at the pedestrain overhead bridge. 90km/h

2) PIE towards jurong near Adam road exit, tripod mounted speed camera over atAdam Road flyover. 90km/h

3) Braddell Road after Bishan Junction towards CTE, tripod mounted speed camera at the pedestrain overhead bridge. 60/kmh

4) Queensway towards Bukit Merah, tripod mounted speed camera under tree before Ridout McDonalds. 60km/h

5) Spot along Upper Bukit Timah Rd towards Woodlands Rd , tripod mounted speed camera u! nder tree after a curve turn – 60km/h.

Fine imposed is $170 and 8 demerit points.

New motorcycles to be fitted with new In-Vehicle Units

Ng Lian Cheong
Channel NewsAsia

From Wednesday, all new motorcycles have to be fitted with new In-Vehicle Units.

These are meant to make paying electronic road charges hassle free.

The smart devices can automatically top-up one’s CashCard and will also show the amount deducted each time a motorcyclist passes an electronic road pricing gantry.

The new dual mode units cost S$150 each and it is not mandatory for existing vehicles to be fitted with them.

However, they will be installed on all other new vehicles from early next year. – CNA/ms

Editor Note: Features of the new dual mode IU can be seen at