Updated: 01/06/2014 21:55

More time to familiarise with MCE: Lui

More time to familiarise with MCE: Lui

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew says the verdict on the Marina Coastal Expressway or MCE will be clearer in two to three weeks. 

But he does not think that design issues were to blame for the gridlock on the expressway when it opened to traffic last week. 

Mr Lui was speaking to reporters in the sidelines of the launch of the bus reliability framework this morning. 

He cited his own experience driving on the MCE. 

"The first time I was driving on it, I was probably driving at about 50km/ph and trying to match the signs that I see, to the briefing i recevied from LTA and the publicity materials that I saw. The third time I was driving on it, I was wondering why the driver in front of me was driving so slowly. I said 'you gotta move a bit faster'. And then I realised that maybe it was his first time too."

He added that apart from the day it was opened to traffic, peak-hour commutes on the MCE were generally smooth. 

As an interim measure, the Land Transport Authority, LTA, widened parts of Central Boulevard to accomodate more cars and added temporary signs at key approaches.

Mr Lui also says that Land Transport Authority will continue to improve signages on the expressway to help motorists familiarise themselves and ease their commute.

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