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Orchard Road: Can it be a pedestrian street?

Shoppers welcome 'no road traffic' idea; motorists fear it will cause jams

Published on Oct 15, 2012 6:00 AM

Drivers think turning Orchard Road into a pedestrian street is impractical, but tourists and pedestrians are keen to see this happen.

For a better shopping experience, the Orchard Road Business Association (Orba) is planning to propose to the authorities that a 600m stretch of Orchard Road be closed to motorists regularly to create a pedestrian walkway.

This is one of six suggestions in Orba's long-term proposal, The Sunday Times reported on Sunday. The proposal, Orchard Road 2020, will be submitted next year.

The others include having more parks and leisure spots, better signage and curbing the bird problem. Orba is also hoping that the pedestrian crossing at Paterson Road can be reopened for street-level crossing.

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In the UK, lots of shopping areas have been 'pedestrianised'... You don't have to be looking left and right for the cars. You can just walk and shop at your leisure.

- Ms Linda Harrison, 50



If they close the roads, it will create bottlenecks around the Orchard Road area and cause congestion.

- Business manager Adrian Tan, 35, who drives to Orchard Road once a week



As a pedestrian, I'll definitely be glad, but the drivers will be upset.... As the saying goes, when you try to please everybody, you end up pleasing nobody.

- Retiree Tan Kim Hock, 74