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Ministry of Transport (MOT)

The mission of MOT is to strengthen Singapore's transportation connectivity and to develop the transport sector’s potential to advance our economic competitiveness and the quality of life in Singapore. A total budget of $3,379 million has been allocated to MOT in FY2008 to achieve this mission.

MOT aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • A people-centred land transport system;
  • A leading hub for sea transportation and a leading centre for international maritime activities; and
  • A leading hub for air transportation and a leading centre for international aviation activities (the air sector is self-funded).

A People-Centred Land Transport System

A people-centred land transport system is integral to Singapore’s development, both economically and as a society. In FY2007, MOT spent $1,622 million on road and public transport infrastructure, among other projects, to provide an affordable, efficient and effective transport system for all. We expect to spend another $2,348 million in FY2008 as part of our long-term plans to improve our transport system to enhance Singapore’s liveability.

To achieve this outcome, we will be undertaking the following major initiatives:

  • Making Public Transport a Choice Mode
  • Managing Road Usage
  • Meeting the Diverse Needs of the People

Making Public Transport a Choice Mode

Given Singapore’s land constraints, we need to promote the use of public transport to meet our travel demands. Public transport must be more convenient and comfortable, and journey times more competitive compared to driving in private cars.

Growing our Rail Network

Daily public transport journeys grew by 4.7% from 3.267 million in FY06/07 to 3.421 million (from Apr 07 to Nov 07). The construction of the Boon Lay Extension (BLE), the Circle Line (CCL) and the Downtown Line (DTL) are in progress and the government will be investing in more Rail Transit System (RTS) lines to ensure that our transport infrastructure meets the needs of a growing population and expanding economy. $1,831 million will be used for RTS expenditure in FY08. The key highlights of the RTS projects are as follows:

  • Boon Lay Extension (BLE)
    The fully-elevated 3.8-km extension from the existing Boon Lay station is on track for completion in 2009.
  • Circle Line (CCL)
    The construction of CCL is in progress and the opening of Stage 3 will be brought forward to mid-2009 from 2010.

    Circle Line (CCL)
  • Downtown Line (DTL)
    Construction of the DTL has commenced. DTL phase 1, previously known as Downtown Extension, is estimated to complete in 2013, while the rest of the DTL is expected to be completed in 2016.
  • Platform Screen Doors
    To enhance commuters’ safety and reduce the incidence of track intrusions, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will install platform screen doors at all above-ground MRT stations. A pilot project will be carried out at Yishun, Jurong East and Pasir Ris stations in 2009 to ensure that operational considerations are met before this is implemented at all stations in 2012.

Managing Road Usage

To keep traffic flowing smoothly on our roads, we have to adopt a holistic approach that includes road expansion as well as managing demand for road use by enhancing the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system. $403 million has been set aside to further grow our road network. We have expanded the road network by 113 lane-km or 1.33% in 2007. The following road development projects are slated for completion in 2008 and beyond:

  • Opening of the full Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE)
    The 12-km-long KPE, which joins the East Coast Parkway (ECP) in the south and the Tampines Expressway (TPE) in the north will be completed in Sep 2008. Phase 1, which connects the ECP to the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), was opened on 26 Oct 2007.

    Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE)
  • Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE)
    Construction of the 5-km-long MCE will begin in 2008. This $2.5 billion expressway, when completed by 2013, will connect the KPE and the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) and provide an additional major access to support the development of the Marina Bay area.
  • Central Expressway (CTE) Widening
    By 2008, LTA will complete the improvements to the north-bound CTE entry into the PIE by widening and lengthening the merging lanes to address the bottleneck there. LTA will also increase the traffic capacity on the CTE from Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 to Ave 3 by adding another lane by 2009. By 2011, the stretch between PIE and Yio Chu Kang Road will also be widened.

    Central Expressway (CTE)
  • Extension of Bartley Road to Tampines Avenue 10
    This extension provides a vital link from the Tampines Regional Centre and Bedok New Town to the central region via Bartley Road and Braddell Road. This project is expected to be completed by the 3rd quarter of 2009. When the road extension is completed, motorists can bypass PIE, which they currently use as a route to travel between the two parts of the island. This will help to relieve heavy traffic volumes along the PIE near Bedok Reservoir Road and Eunos.
  • Upgrading of the Woodsville Interchange
    The Woodsville Interchange is located at the intersection of Serangoon Road, Upper Serangoon Road, MacPherson Road and Bendemeer Road. The upgrading of the Woodsville interchange is needed to cater to the high traffic flows in the area. Construction has started. The project is targeted for completion in 2011.

Meeting the Diverse Needs of the People

A people-centred land transport system must provide for the diverse needs of our society and contribute to a quality, liveable environment. We will pay greater attention to the social role of transport in providing access to social amenities.

  • Enhancing Accessibility
    The island-wide programme to make pedestrian walkways, access to MRT stations, taxi and bus shelters as well as all public roads, barrier-free is on track for completion by 2010. All MRT stations have already been provided with at least one barrier-free entrance inclusive of a lift. The government will be installing 17 additional lifts for 16 MRT stations. By end 2011, more than 70% of our MRT stations will have at least 2 barrier-free access routes.

    Enhancing Accessibility

A Leading Hub for Sea Transportation and a Leading Centre for International Maritime Activities

Enhancing Singapore’s Position as a Premier Hub Port

$632 million will be spent in FY2008 to expand Pasir Panjang Terminal (PPT) which presently has land for 26 berths. This expansion will eventually add land for another 16 berths for PPT, providing capacity for the future growth of our port and help maintain our position as the world’s largest transshipment hub. Our port development will take into account industry trends and changing customer preferences such as the deployment of larger vessels.

As at the end of 2007, the Singapore port had 51 container berths with a total capacity of around 30.5 million TEUs. The expansion of Pasir Panjang Terminal will raise the total capacity of the Singapore port to around 44.7 million TEUs when it is completed and operational.

Premier Hub Port

Developing Singapore into a Leading International Maritime Centre

Various fiscal incentive schemes will continue to be offered to attract more shipowners and operators to Singapore as well as to encourage the growth of ship financing. We will also explore new initiatives to grow the maritime cluster in Singapore and strengthen our value proposition as a one-stop maritime centre. Beyond the port, Singapore is in a good position to become a base for shipping and a centre for maritime services.

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