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Written Reply by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan to Parliamentary Question on Update on Construction of Pedestrian Overhead Bridge Lifts in Toa Payoh East-Novena

06 Aug 2018 In Parliament

Mr Saktiandi Supaat asked the Minister for Transport

a.     whether the Ministry can provide an update on Pedestrian Overhead Bridge (POB) lifts slated for construction in Toa Payoh East-Novena; and

b.     whether a lift can be prioritised for the POB in front of 308 Thomson Road.

Reply by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan:

1.     To make public transport more accessible, LTA has been retrofitting pedestrian overhead bridges near public transport nodes with lifts. We give priority to bridges which are used by large numbers of less ambulant pedestrians. By the end of this year, we will have completed such retrofitting works at 47 sites, including a recently completed one near Blk 26 Toa Payoh Lorong 6.

2.     As for the pedestrian overhead bridge at 308 Thomson Road, the site will undergo major works as part of the North-South Corridor construction. LTA is taking the opportunity to study the various barrier-free crossing options, including the possibility of a lift, at this site. LTA will engage the Grassroots Advisors and other stakeholders in mid-2019 after the preliminary findings are ready.