Pedestrianisation trials in Singapore heartland spark debate

Barriers along the stretch of Woodlands Ring Road, turning one lane into a pedestrian path and the other into a bus-only lane.
Barriers along the stretch of Woodlands Ring Road, turning one lane into a pedestrian path and the other into a bus-only lane.ST PHOTO: KOK YUFENG
Barriers were put up along a segment of Woodlands Ring Road, converting one lane into a path for pedestrians and cyclists.
Barriers were put up along a segment of Woodlands Ring Road, converting one lane into a path for pedestrians and cyclists.ST PHOTO: KOK YUFENG
Temporary barriers that have been set up along a stretch of road located between 715 and 745 Havelock Road.
Temporary barriers that have been set up along a stretch of road located between 715 and 745 Havelock Road.ST PHOTO: KOK YUFENG
The carved-out road space about 100m long now serves as additional footpath for pedestrians and cyclists.
The carved-out road space about 100m long now serves as additional footpath for pedestrians and cyclists.ST PHOTO: KOK YUFENG

SINGAPORE - When she speaks to residents living near Kampung Admiralty, Sembawang GRC MP Mariam Jaafar never fails to ask about a 200m stretch of road that has sparked some contention in her ward.

In a six-month trial that began on Feb 20, barriers were put up along a segment of Woodlands Ring Road between Woodlands Drive 63 and Drive 71, converting one lane into a path for pedestrians and cyclists.

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