Route between Redhill MRT station and Enabling Village made more accessible

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(From left) Chief executive of SG Enable Ku Geok Boon, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, LTA group director corporate communications Helen Lim, and LTA group director of technology and industry development Lam Wee Shann at the route between Redhill MRT station and Enabling Village. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

SINGAPORE - Improvements have been made to a 400m stretch of pavement between the Redhill MRT station and the Enabling Village in Lengkok Bahru. This is to make it more accessible for those with mobility issues.

Among the improvements made are the construction of a sheltered walkway and rest stops with seats, as well as yellow lines marking the edge of the pavement for people with visual disabilities.

The work is a collaboration between the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SG Enable, an agency which helps people with disabilities.

The LTA also worked with SG Enable and current and former students of Pathlight School's Art Faculty to design signs to direct visitors to the Enabling Village.

The Enabling Village is the first community space here dedicated to integrating people with disabilities in society.

Mr Toh Chin Aik, who works at the Enabling Village, said the changes have helped him in his daily commute.

Other improvements such as the introduction of a signalised traffic junction in front of the Enabling Village, complete with tactile tiles, have also helped, added the 50-year-old, who works in an administrative position.

"Previously, it could be quite a challenge to walk up the hill and figure out where to cross."

These improvements were officially launched on Monday (Dec 11) by Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

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In March, Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng announced that as part of the collaboration between LTA and SG Enable, Redhill station would serve as a test bed for "new mobility technologies and infrastructure designs". The aim is to make public transport more accessible for those with disabilities.

More improvements to the walkway are expected to be made over time, said the LTA.

The authority is also working on several other initiatives - such as the use of stickers and videos at MRT stations - to raise awareness of accessibility elements such as wheelchair ramps and tactile paving for those with visual disabilities.

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan (right) launching the completion of the covered walkway with artist Carrichel Lin, 17, by unveiling a piece of art she made that adorns the walkway on Dec 11, 2017. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

"These initiatives aim to raise awareness of the various types of disabilities, and how the public can play an active part in understanding the needs of their fellow commuters," said the LTA.

The LTA added that it is exploring the use of technology such as navigation apps and other mobility aids to help commuters with disabilities. It will share more details on these programmes at a later date.

In recent years, efforts to make the public transport system more accessible for all have been stepped up.

In April, it was announced that open child strollers would be allowed on public buses, while in three years, all buses will be wheelchair-accessible.

In June, a panel - chaired by Public Transport Council chairman Richard Magnus and Mr Sitoh Yih Pin, chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Transport - was formed. Its aim is to study how public transport can be made easier for families with young children and the elderly.

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