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Security and External Relations
Ministry of Transport (MOT)
MOT’s mission is to strengthen Singapore’s transport connectivity and to develop the transport sector's potential to advance our economic competitiveness and quality of life. $6.9 billion has been allocated to MOT in FY2013.
MOT’s vision is:
- A quality, integrated and efficient land transport system
- A leading hub for air and sea transportation, and a leading centre for international aviation and maritime activities
A People-Centred Land Transport System
In FY2012, MOT invested $5.4 billion in public transport and road infrastructure. We expect to spend another $5.8 billion in FY2013.
Making Public Transport a Choice Mode
Given Singapore’s land constraints, only public transport can meet our travel demands on a sustainable basis. Hence, public transport must be made more convenient, accessible and comfortable.
Enhancing our Bus Services
The $1.1 billion Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) was launched in September 2012 to enhance the capacity of our bus network. MOT will spend $50 million over the next few years to expand bus priority measures, such as bus lanes and the mandatory ‘Give Way to Buses’ scheme, which will reduce journey times for bus commuters. In addition, we plan to pilot an incentive and penalty framework to improve en-route reliability of bus services in late 2013.
Growing our Rail Network
MOT will double the length of the MRT network to 360km by 2030. $4.6 billion will be spent on rail projects in FY2013, including:
- Downtown Line (DTL)
The DTL (42km and 34 stations) will facilitate direct travel from the northwest and east of Singapore to the city. It will be opened in three stages – DTL1 by 2013, DTL2 by 2015 and DTL3 by 2017.
DTL1, from Chinatown to Bugis, will support developments at Marina Bay.
The first DTL train was delivered in 2012 and four more will be delivered in March 2013.
DTL2 runs along the Bukit Timah Road corridor from Bukit Panjang to Bugis.
DTL3 serves the east, passing through heartlands such as MacPherson, Bedok and Tampines before terminating at EXPO station.
- North-South Line Extension (NSLe)
The North-South Line will be extended southwards with an additional station to serve new developments in the southern Marina Bay area, such as the International Cruise Terminal. It is targeted for completion in 2014.
- Tuas West Extension
The Tuas West Extension (TWE), to be completed in 2016, will extend the East-West Line from Joo Koon station by 7.5km. It will include four above-ground stations and a 26-hectare train depot. The train viaduct will be integrated with a road viaduct along Pioneer Road.
- Rail Capacity Enhancement
Upgrading the signaling system for North-South and East-West (NSEW) Lines
The signaling system on the NSEW Lines is being upgraded to allow trains to run at shorter intervals of 100 seconds during peak periods, instead of 120 seconds currently. This will be completed in stages by 2016 and 2018.
Upgrading of train depots and trackworks for stabling of additional trains
Construction of new stabling tracks at existing depots at Bishan, Ulu Pandan and Sengkang is in progress. A 50m track overrun is also being built at the North-East Line (NEL) HarbourFront station to allow shorter train headways.
Purchase of additional trains
Additional trains will be bought over the next 5 years to increase the capacity of various rail lines (NSEW Lines, TWE, NEL, Circle Line and Bukit Panjang LRT).
Managing Road Usage
To keep traffic flowing smoothly on our roads, we have adopted a holistic approach to manage road usage that includes both sustainable road expansion, vehicle ownership measures, and demand management measures such as the ERP. The annual vehicle population growth rate has been lowered from 1.5% to 1.0% in 2012 and to 0.5% in 2013 and 2014. $1,267.86 million has been set aside in FY2013 to expand our road network and also to improve bus movements. The following major road projects are ongoing:
- Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE)
The dual five-lane, 5km Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) will be our tenth expressway. It will join the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) and the East Coast Parkway (ECP) in the east to the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) in the west, with direct connections to Marina South and Straits View. The project is on track for completion in 2013.
- Sentosa Gateway Tunnel
The tunnel will connect outbound traffic from Sentosa directly to Kampong Bahru Road/Lower Delta Road and Keppel Road, bypassing the busy traffic junctions of Sentosa Gateway and Telok Blangah Road. It is expected to be completed by 2015.
Meeting Diverse Needs
A people-centred land transport system should provide for the needs of our diverse society and contribute to a quality, liveable environment.
- Enhancing Accessibility for All
To enhance accessibility, lifts/escalators at selected pedestrian overhead bridges and new link-bridges at three existing elevated MRT stations will be built, such as the one at the Clementi Station.
HarbourFront CCL Station
All our MRT stations and bus interchanges will have at least one barrier-free access route by end 2013.
East Coast Park (ECP)
Barrier-free access facilities for key pedestrian overhead bridges and underpasses have been completed, including two underpasses across the ECP near Katong Park.
As at December 2012, more than half (58%) of our public buses are wheelchair-accessible. All public buses will be wheelchair-accessible by 2020.
- National Cycling Plan
The National Cycling Plan was announced in 2010 with $43.2 million set aside to build cycling infrastructure in the HDB towns of Tampines, Taman Jurong, Yishun, Sembawang, Pasir Ris, Changi-Simei and Bedok. Phase 1 of the cycling paths (6.4km) has been completed while Phase 2 (38.9km) commenced in 2012.
Beyond this, LTA is working with HDB to construct cycling paths at East Coast and Jurong Lake under HDB’s Remaking our Homeland (ROH) projects and Punggol under the Eco-Town Project. 16km of cycling paths will also be built at Marina Bay by 2014.
Cycling networks in Sembawang, Pasir Ris and Taman Jurong
A Leading Hub for Sea Transportation
The Port of Singapore provides critical connectivity needed for Singapore to maintain our position as a premier global business and logistics hub. To cater for the future growth of the port, $171.51 million will be spent in FY2013 on developing Phases 3 and 4 of the Pasir Panjang Terminal. When fully operational, the Pasir Panjang Terminal expansion will increase the port’s total container handling capacity from the current 34 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per annum to around 50 million TEUs. In the longer term, all container port activities will be consolidated at Tuas, and the port will be able to handle up to 65 million TEUs per annum. $8.81 million will be spent in FY2013 on pre-reclamation works for Tuas Port. This will position the Port of Singapore for long-term growth and strengthen its pre-eminent position as an international hub port.