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3 traffic choke points expected for Thomson MRT Line construction

Traffic will slow around MRT works as diverted lanes often end up curved

Published on Aug 31, 2012 12:00 PM
 
The site of the Thomson Road Post Office will be acquired by the government for the new MRT Thomson Line which will be ready by 2019. Motorists can expect traffic snarls along some roads where the Thomson MRT Line is being built, transport experts say. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Motorists can expect traffic snarls along some roads where the Thomson MRT Line is being built, transport experts say.

They expect the roads around the Upper Thomson, Stevens and Orchard stations to be most affected by the construction.

The 30km, $18 billion line will start in Woodlands and traverse heavily used roads such as Upper Thomson Road and Stevens Road.

It will have 22 stations, six of which are interchange stations, and open in three phases from 2019 to 2021.

 
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Drivers are like water, they will find their own way. Some may start work earlier or leave earlier.

- Retired LTA planner Gopinath Menon, noting that problems will be temporary as motorists will adapt