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https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/changes-to-major-junction-in-novena-due-to-expressway-works

Changes to major junction in Novena due to expressway works

A major traffic junction in Novena will be reconfigured from Oct 17 and two pedestrian underpasses nearby closed by the second quarter of next year, to make way for the construction of expressway tunnels.

The temporary changes to build the North-South Corridor could mean longer travelling times for motorists and pedestrians in the area until at least late-2022.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) last Friday revealed details of the changes, which will affect the junction of Thomson Road with Newton Road and Moulmein Road.

Works to reconfigure the roads in the area will start at 8pm on Oct 17 and last till 10am the next day. Traffic on all sides will remain passable during this time.

The LTA will post traffic marshals for a week after the changes are made to direct traffic and make sure there are clear guiding signs.

The current cross junction of Thomson Road, Newton Road and Moulmein Road will be split into two T-junctions - one intersecting Thomson Road and Newton Road, and one intersecting Thomson Road and Moulmein Road.

As a result, those travelling along Thomson Road could have their journeys take up to 2.5 minutes longer during peak hours, as they will now have one more traffic light to contend with.

Those driving between Newton Road and Moulmein Road should also expect up to five minutes of delay with the changes.

For example, a motorist who can currently drive through the junction to get from Moulmein Road to Newton Road will now have to make a right turn onto Thomson Road, before taking the left-turn slip road towards Newton Road.

The bus stop outside Velocity @ Novena Square will be moved 70m away to Royal Square @ Novena to facilitate construction from Sunday.

A temporary overhead bridge to link the two locations will be built in the second quarter of next year.

Similarly, the underpass linking Velocity @ Novena Square and Revenue House will be closed in the second quarter of next year and replaced with another temporary overhead bridge.

Pedestrians should also expect two to three extra minutes for their journeys as a result. LTA said that they can still use the crossings on Thomson Road.

The 21.5km North-South Corridor (NSC) will run from Woodlands in the north to the city area.

The LTA is still targeting to complete the dual three-lane expressway in 2026, though it said it is still reviewing the impact of Covid-19 on its various projects.

Aimed at relieving the increasing traffic between the north and city centre, the project will also support Singapore's car-lite vision by having dedicated and continuous bus lanes and cycling routes.

Said the LTA: "During construction of the NSC tunnel, LTA will continue to ensure pedestrian safety."

It will build covered linkways and larger waiting areas at crossings in the Novena area, as well as install clear signs to redirect pedestrians.

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Supersonic

that place is damn messy.

construction never ending.

give it a few more centuries and see what happens.

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The LTA is still targeting to complete the dual three-lane expressway in 2026, though it said it is still reviewing the impact of Covid-19 on its various projects.

What expressway are they building?

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I am a daily user of that junction. Since around 2 years ago, construction along thomson road from that junction and northwards to PIE had been hectic and disruptive. Just a few days ago, that filter lane from newton rd to thomson rd at IRAS was shifted inwards. So that was to make space for one of the 2 T junctions. Actually despite all the messy works along that road, traffic had not been that bad. Never seen any accidents there. During peak hours its just traffic crawl, even with bus lane operating. I am more concern of the bottleneck further up at the PIE-filter-thomson section. The part where traffic from toa payoh meets PIE and thomson road going south (exit 17B). That creates a major bottleneck jam and is quite a hazard.

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Hypersonic
1 hour ago, Watwheels said:

What expressway are they building?

Should be Thomson expressway. 

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6th Gear
2 hours ago, Kb27 said:

that place is damn messy.

construction never ending.

give it a few more centuries and see what happens.

Whole place ponded 😆

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6th Gear
1 hour ago, Watwheels said:

What expressway are they building?

North-South Corridor. This section is underground. Comes above at or after Yishun Ave 1.

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6th Gear

Underpass also no more, replace with two overhead bridges.

 

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Twincharged
5 hours ago, Kb27 said:

that place is damn messy.

construction never ending.

give it a few more centuries and see what happens.

Messy plus super heavy traffic that place.

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Twincharged
4 hours ago, Columbian78 said:

I am a daily user of that junction. Since around 2 years ago, construction along thomson road from that junction and northwards to PIE had been hectic and disruptive. Just a few days ago, that filter lane from newton rd to thomson rd at IRAS was shifted inwards. So that was to make space for one of the 2 T junctions. Actually despite all the messy works along that road, traffic had not been that bad. Never seen any accidents there. During peak hours its just traffic crawl, even with bus lane operating. I am more concern of the bottleneck further up at the PIE-filter-thomson section. The part where traffic from toa payoh meets PIE and thomson road going south (exit 17B). That creates a major bottleneck jam and is quite a hazard.

I find that whole stretch of the road even without any construction also very heavy and jam. I dont like this place. Lol.

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Supersonic
2 minutes ago, 13177 said:

I find that whole stretch of the road even without any construction also very heavy and jam. I dont like this place. Lol.

It is relatively quiet on Sunday morning.

Morning 7+ not that heavy traffic 

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Turbocharged
53 minutes ago, 13177 said:

I find that whole stretch of the road even without any construction also very heavy and jam. I dont like this place. Lol.

That area has added quite a lot of buildings over last decade, but road-wise remains more or less the same. Balestier has added a lot of condos, and Novena has added medical center, hotels, and now even the upcoming  new Health City.

But roads still the same. And it can get quite congested during peak hours.

 

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Turbocharged
9 hours ago, inlinesix said:

It is relatively quiet on Sunday morning.

Morning 7+ not that heavy traffic 

Sunday Morning not yet wake up.

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Turbocharged
13 hours ago, Tohto said:

Should be Thomson expressway. 

North south corridor? 

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Supersonic
13 hours ago, Kklim said:

North-South Corridor. This section is underground. Comes above at or after Yishun Ave 1.

What an unusual name...

Ok. Manage to find the LTA link.

https://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltagov/en/upcoming_projects/road_commuter_facilities/north_south_corridor.html1567025430900.jpg

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The North South Corridor (NSC) will be Singapore’s longest Transit Priority Corridor, featuring dedicated bus lanes, cycling trunk routes and pedestrian paths, to serve public bus commuters, active mobility users and pedestrians. Once completed, it will directly connect the Northern region and the city centre. All civil contracts for the construction of the tunnels and viaducts have been awarded and construction is currently underway.

 

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Smoother, faster journeys is what commuters can look forward to when the NSC is completed. The corridor, spanning 21.5 km, connects the city to the northern region.

The corridor will also alleviate traffic on the CTE and major arterial roads such as Thomson and Marymount Road.

Designed to support our car-lite vision, the corridor provides a refreshing commuting experience for bus commuters.

With dedicated and continuous bus lanes coupled with bus priority signals, bus commuters will be expected to save an average of 10 to 15 minutes of travel time.

Active mobility users and pedestrians will also benefit from NSC, through the cycling trunk routes and pedestrian paths. These will link with the Park Connector Network and local cycling paths within HDB towns along the entire corridor, enhancing connectivity for active mobility users and pedestrians.

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Twincharged
9 hours ago, Icedbs said:

That area has added quite a lot of buildings over last decade, but road-wise remains more or less the same. Balestier has added a lot of condos, and Novena has added medical center, hotels, and now even the upcoming  new Health City.

But roads still the same. And it can get quite congested during peak hours.

 

Yah lo, novena and balaestier area have the worst traffic, and roads are the same for many many many decades. The roads never improved accordingly to the development in that area. Peak hours is quite a nightmare to drive in that area. 

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Hypersonic

if need to go that area take MRT lor, directly below Novena Sq.

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