Pedestrians encouraged to use existing crossings

We thank Mr David Kwok Ng Kan for his suggestions ("MRT construction creates danger for pedestrians"; Forum Online, Oct 13).

Road safety for all road users, especially pedestrians, is our key priority even as we work to deliver our MRT lines.

When planning a worksite, we will review different options to ensure that our works can be carried out without affecting the safety of other road users.

As part of the current stage of traffic diversion, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) relocated the bus stop along South Bridge Road outside Maxwell Food Centre.

For the safety of pedestrians, we have put up concrete barriers to deter jaywalking and to channel pedestrians to the signalised crossings near the bus stops.

At the same time, we have displayed advisory notices at the bus stop to remind pedestrians to use the signalised crossings, and also kept the existing zebra crossing at the exit of the Banda Street/Sago Lane (off street) carpark to facilitate pedestrian movement.

In addition, we have advised tour coaches to park within the available coach parking spaces in the carparks nearby, so as not to unduly obstruct traffic movements.

We will deploy traffic marshals in this area during peak hours to further manage pedestrian movement.

The taxi stand next to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is needed to enable taxis to pick up their passengers safely.

If the taxi stand is removed, commuters may have to flag down taxis along South Bridge Road, and this will impede traffic flow along the main thoroughfare.

We will continue to monitor the area closely and work with our contractor to improve the situation where necessary.

Shaik Sha Marican Ahmed Kassim

Director

Thomson-East Coast Line (Civil Team 4)

Land Transport Authority