New bridges for Commonwealth and Queenstown MRT stations

Dr Chia Shi-Lu (centre), adviser to Tanjong Pagar GRC Grassroots Organisations, officiating the opening of the new link bridge at Commonwealth MRT Station. ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN

SINGAPORE - Commonwealth and Queenstown residents now have another way of getting into the MRT stations as new link bridges were officially opened on Sunday.

These overhead stations used to have only one exit at one end of the tracks, which MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Chia Shi-Lu said was inconvenient for the elderly and also led to congestion as the population of the towns grew.

So he worked with his grassroots leaders, the Land Transport Authority and SMRT to build the new link bridges which leads from new gantries from the stations to nearby housing estates.

Madam Chiew Soon Yong, 78, who lives in the HDB block right by the new bridge linking to Commonwealth MRT Station said she is happy that the bridge has a lift and she no longer has to use the stairs.

"The other bridge only has an escalator going up. Now it is very convenient, I don't need to walk far," she said.

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