Updated: 01/21/2014 01:10

The Transport Minister dismisses claims of a design flaw in the Marina Coastal Expressway



The Transport Minister dismisses claims of a design flaw in the Marina Coastal Expressway

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew has dismissed assertions that a design flaw in the Marina Coastal Expressway led to road congestions a day after its opening. 

He said if that were the case, congestions should have been reported on the days that followed. 

Speaking in Parliament on Monday, Mr Lui did acknowledge however that the Land Transport Authority could have done more to familiarise motorists with the new road network. 

He said several factors accounted for the congestion on the 30th of December. 

These include unfamiliarity, which led motorists to drive more carefully. 

The LTA had embarked on publicity efforts across the various media platforms and conducted briefings. 

But Mr Lui noted that many motorists could have missed them as the school holidays were ongoing. 

Mr Lui also responded to a question on reviewing the ERP charges at the MCE and its adjoining roads. 

It was raised by MP for Bukit Timah GRC, Liang Eng Hwa. 

The question was raised in light of speeds along the MCE and ECP improving above the threshold level of 65 kilometres per hour. 

To this, Mr Lui said the LTA is currently reviewing the ERP charges for the quarter of February till the end of April. 

He said the LTA would announce results in due course.

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