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  1. If you find parallel parking challenging, here's a step by step guide to refresh yourself if you feel like overcoming your fears. Seen on ROADS.sg and contributed by Syed Al-Qudree, this very comprehensive guide even though some might argue that it is not easy to judge the distance between the front car and yours when you are pre-positioning in Step 1. Do you think the guide is helpful? Let us know in the comments below!
  2. Sometimes i really wonder what makes some of these house owners think that they own the road outside their houses too. So often you see people put their trashbins along the kerb just to prevent others from parking outside their houses. I mean, the road is common property, and if there is no double yellow lines or whatsoever, it is LEGAL to park. Even if there is dbl yellow line, i can still park if i want as i am taking the risks in getting a summon. Yesterday, i parked outside this house along carpmael road (off joochiat).. there is no marking on the road, so its legal. The kerb between the 2 houses is actually long enough to accomodate my car length. I even got out the car after i parked to ensure i am not obstructing any of the unit's entrance... When i return to my car.. someone actually leaned the trashbin AGAINST (not just near) my driver's door. It is just sickening to the core. I was tempted to ring the bell of the house but even if they did, they will deny the deed. And yes, there is a chance its really not them, but the mischieve of some boliao people. I had seen before, a house owner after moving away his vehicle from the spot outside his house, will actually place the bin in the same spot then drive off...what i did then was to remove the bin and park there. For house owners that are in the forum here, do you use bins to chop the road outside your house too? And do you have the possessive mindset of the road outside your houses too? seen too many examples at these estates.
  3. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/electric-car-sharing-scheme-to-hit-the-roads-dec-12-9466622 Electric car-sharing scheme to hit the roads Dec 12 The first fleet of cars for an electric car-sharing scheme will hit the roads next Tuesday (Dec 12). BlueSG, a subsidiary of French transportation firm Bollore Group, said it will deploy 80 vehicles which users can book via the BlueSG mobile app. The app will be available on the App Store and Google Play from Dec 5. By Elizabeth Neo @ElizabethNeoCNA 04 Dec 2017 02:21PM (Updated: 04 Dec 2017 10:31PM ) SINGAPORE: The first fleet of cars for an electric car-sharing scheme will hit the roads next Tuesday (Dec 12). BlueSG, a subsidiary of French transportation firm Bollore Group, said it will deploy 80 vehicles which users can book via the BlueSG mobile app. The app will be available on the App Store and Google Play from Dec 5. The company signed an agreement with the Land Transport Authority and the Economic Development Board last year to develop the electric car-sharing programme, which will see 1,000 electric cars deployed in stages. Rentals will be charged based on duration instead of distance, and users can choose from two subscription plans. Under the premium yearly membership plan, priced at S$15 a month, subscribers are charged S$0.33 per minute for a minimum booking of 15 minutes. The weekly membership plan does not charge a recurring fee and users will pay S$0.50 per minute for a minimum duration of 15 minutes. Users will be able to book the electric cars via a mobile app. (Photo: BlueSG) “We are excited about the impending official launch in Singapore, as it is the world’s second biggest electric vehicle car-sharing programme after Paris," said BlueSG managing director Franck Vitte in a news release. He told Channel NewsAsia separately that the pricing is "relatively consistent" with that of other cities in which the company operates. "We are confident that it is going to be quite successful," he said. The company also has a presence in Los Angeles, London, Turin and several French cities. In Singapore, a total of 30 BlueSG stations offering 120 charging points will be rolled out islandwide by the end of this year. Of these, 18 stations will be located in public housing estates including Tampines, Bishan and Punggol, while 10 stations will be in the city centre and its fringes and two others will be within the industrial and commercial estates at one-north and the Science Park. By 2020, the company intends to have a fleet of 1,000 electric vehicles and 2,000 charging points, Mr Vitte said, adding that third-party cars will be allowed to tap on the charging points then. "If it becomes even more successful then we will discuss with the authorities, with the Government whether we have to deploy more cars or more charging points,” he added. The new car-sharing initiative was welcomed by one industry observer who said it will introduce more Singaporeans to the idea of electric cars. "What it will help is to establish a network of charging points which has probably been a prohibitor in the past, and also show the economics of owning an electric car versus a normal car," said Mr Richard Skinner, strategy leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore. He added: “A couple of reasons why we haven't seen that many electric cars in Singapore is probably the lack of subsidies we have in Singapore. So in China, in Europe, in the United States, to establish the electric cars initially, there were quite strong subsidies. And at the same time there was also help in building the connecting points." Those interested to rent an electric car can sign up and register on BlueSG's website. Source: CNA/nc
  4. Been encountering alot of these 'blind' pedestrians. Walk across road, nvr look out for traffic, like grandfather's road. Yesterday encounter 1, dash across road without checking for cars, gimme a scare.....
  5. Wow....haven't seen a NSX on our roads for quite a while. In classic Senna red somemore. Nice way to start the day
  6. The new tech driving traffic on Singapore's roads Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/new-technology-driving-traffic-singapore-roads-11688500
  7. SINGAPORE: Several measures will be put in place to reduce vehicular speed and improve pedestrian safety at the roundabout in Marine Parade where a fatal accident took place in March. Announcing the measures on Monday (May 20), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said it will implement tighter turning angles that lower motorists' speeds before entering the roundabout. "To slow down motorists as they turn into Silversea condominium, the turning radius will also be tightened," LTA added. SINGAPORE: Several measures will be put in place to reduce vehicular speed and improve pedestrian safety at the roundabout in Marine Parade where a fatal accident took place in March. Announcing the measures on Monday (May 20), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said it will implement tighter turning angles that lower motorists' speeds before entering the roundabout. "To slow down motorists as they turn into Silversea condominium, the turning radius will also be tightened," LTA added. The crossing point for pedestrians will be moved to allow them to cross further away from the main flow of traffic at the roundabout, said LTA. These measures are in addition to the road warning signs and speed regulating strips announced in the wake of the accident, which killed an 82-year-old pedestrian. Residents of Marine Parade had called for more safety measures, saying they have seen motorists drive dangerously at the roundabout, and that the pavement on the perimeter of the roundabout is too narrow. The two-lane roundabout has three exits that lead to Marine Parade Road, Amber Road and the Silversea condominium. According to residents, the roundabout is heavily used by drivers to get to the city via Mountbatten Road or towards Parkway Parade on Marine Parade Road. never thought of this road as dangerous in particular. in fact i treat all roundabouts in sg as dangerous becuz we dun use it often enough to be very familiar with how a roundabout works. if want to compare which more dangerous im looking at newton circus. u see cars doing last min exits from inner lanes etc.... drivers not familiar with roundabouts, jus go slower, signal ur intentions, check b4 u exit. if its not safe to exit, just go another round. its a roundabout u can go on and on and on w/o obstructing anyone.
  8. Buses with rooftop gardens will begin plying Singapore's roads, as part of an initiative to study possible energy and cost savings for bus operators. The Garden on the Move initiative, which was launched on Sunday (May 5), will see 10 SBS Transit buses ply Singapore’s roads for at least three months. The routes include one through the Central Business District and another through Orchard Road. Fares for these buses are the same as for regular buses. Touted as Asia’s first green-roofed bus initiative, the buses are outfitted with a soilless roof system - instead of conventional soil, the plants are secured on a lightweight mat used for skyrise greenery, said GWS Living Art, Moove Media, National Parks Board (NParks), Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) and Temasek Foundation in a joint press release. This makes it cleaner, easier to maintain and more economical than other conventional green roof systems, which are primarily soil-based, the release said. The aim of the three-month study is to confirm that the green roof will lead to a drop in temperature within the interior of the buses, and a reduction in the fuel consumption used for air-conditioning, the release said. Mr Oh Cheow Sheng, group director of NParks said: “This is a creative initiative that seeks to extend Singapore’s greening efforts, and which truly encapsulates the vision of a biophilic City in a Garden. We hope that this will spur others to explore other similarly innovative ways to green up Singapore." “Building upon the success of our Live.Work.Play.Green campaign in 2018 where we garnered massive support from the public on green buildings, this new initiative aims to once again drive green building awareness to the forefront of the public’s consciousness," said Dr Ho Nyok Yong, president of the SGBC. "We hope to sustain interest in green buildings by putting one of the most recognisable elements of a green building onto a very public platform.” https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/buses-sbs-transit-rooftop-garden-ply-singapore-roads-orchard-cbd-11505144 this sounds funny. can tahan thunderstorm or not?
  9. hmmm...Always heard some stories & experience from my friends on some haunted roads such as Lim Chu Kang etc..Anybody wants to contribute?
  10. another best for Singapore http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC11...st-in-the-world Singapore's roads rated the best in the world 03:04 PM Aug 18, 2011 SINGAPORE - The Republic's road network has been rated the best in the world, in both design and safety. It received the recognition at the annual Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) awards ceremony held in St Louis, Missouri, on Monday. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) was presented with the Edmund R Ricker Transportation Safety Council Award for its efforts in improving safety for road users in Singapore. Only one award is given out in the individual and organisation categories each year. Past winners of this prestigious international award include the World Bank, and city administrations in America and Australia for their efforts in promoting road safety.
  11. Rastaman01

    Conditions of Singapore roads....

    Is it just me or is does anyone else realize that our roads conditions getting bumpier or uneven even expressways and heartlands.
  12. There has been an increase in road works recently.... there was so much digging here n there to lay/maintain underground cables causing lane closures n jams......... but the worst thing is the road reinstatement..... Most were not done properly and caused very bumpy roads..... generally the poor reinstatement are all over the island, but one of the most obvious one i encountered was Somerset rd (near 313)..... ANd there was this HUGE depression when i drive out of prince edward carpark towards ECP city.... To tink that CH 8 just telecast the variety show with Brian Wong working with LTA on the roadworks and showing how they lay the road etc......
  13. New roads, new places to explore. Three new roads to open in Bidadarihttp://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/three-new-roads-to-open-in-bidadari Three new roads in Bidadari estate will be opened partially on Jan 14 to serve the upcoming developments there. They are Bidadari Park Drive, Alkaff Crescent and Woodleigh Link. The Housing Board said Bidadari Park Drive is a major road that will serve as the main transportation spine of Bidadari. It will eventually traverse the full length of the new estate, from Bartley Road to Upper Serangoon Road. Most residents living near Bidadari estate have given the thumbs up to the development of these new roads, especially Bidadari Park Drive. Engineer Saiful Said, 26, who lives in Potong Pasir Avenue 1, told The Sunday Times that he often rides his motorcycle in the direction of Bartley Road to meet his friends in MacPherson. He said: "Right now, I have to ride down Upper Serangoon Road before making a right turn into Bartley Road. This leg of the journey takes about 10 minutes. When Bidadari Park Drive is fully open, I think it will take about five minutes." A housewife, who wanted to be known only as Madam Wong, 42, shared a similar view. She said: "There are some students living in Potong Pasir who go to schools near the Bartley area, such as Maris Stella High School and St Gabriel's Secondary. I think this will cut their travelling time." However, a retiree who declined to be named is not too enthusiastic about the new roads. He said: "I don't think the roads will cut travelling time that much. I've been living in Potong Pasir since the 1990s and I really miss the old Bidadari cemetery because it was so peaceful and green. Now, the area will just be another housing estate." New traffic lights will also be set up in the area. They will be along Bidadari Park Drive, at the junctions of Upper Serangoon Road, Upper Aljunied Road and Alkaff Crescent. Since November 2015, HDB has launched more than 6,000 flats in seven new-generation public housing projects such as Alkaff Lakeview, Alkaff Oasis, Woodleigh Glen and Woodleigh Village. It added that these units have seen strong response, averaging about five applicants to one flat. The masterplan for Bidadari was launched in August 2013 and it draws inspiration from the area's rich heritage and unique landscape. Spanning 93ha, roughly the size of 150 football fields, the estate is bounded by Bartley Road, Sennett Estate, Upper Serangoon Road and Mount Vernon Road. It is built on top of what was once Singapore's largest grave site. The estate will feature lush greenery and social spaces, in line with the area's vision of being "a community in a garden".
  14. Hi all, Just curious since I am still inexperience in all these. On Singapore roads given that my ride is front and back brake disc, just how often are the brake pads changed. Cause I realized that driving on local road uses the brakes a lot due to constant traffic light stoppages, though I understand that how often it is changed depends on individual driving style, so hope everyone can share your experience with me so i have a rough idea. Thanks
  15. Found this in a forum. http://www.shc-forum.com/posting.php?mode=quote&p=1073546 Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 12:57 am Post subject: OT : Be careful of junction at Yio Chu Kang Road Hi All Because of work I usually drive back home late along Yio Chu Kang Road towards Thomson road. I have been doing this for many years The junction outside Apples building, the one turning in AMK industrial is 'NOT CLEAN'. I am serious. On Monday night I was driving back at 12 midnight. When I approached the junction I had a odd feeling and I slowed down. There were no cars at all and it was very misty. Suddenly I saw a cyclist cross the juntion in front of me. It was a PRC woman and her face was the usual SUPER BOR CHAP expression and did not even check if a car was coming. I honked and jammed brake!! My Subaru did not skid but nearly missed her. My car finally stopped at the middle of the junction. Before I could open my door and shout out the most filthy vulgarities to her, I heard a very hard braking sound from my back, and a loud bang!! I turned my head and saw a Ford Focus hit the road divider. The car was slightly damaged. To my horror, there were no cyclist!!!!! If I was dreaming, then how come the other car also saw her and jammed brake?? I came out and ask the other driver. He was in deep shock. I looked around and there were no cyclists!! ???? he said he saw me missed the cyclist and too jammed this brake and his car skidded. Both of us immediately knew it was very strange and maybe not a human. Last night I drove past the same juntion. This time, I really slowed down. But when I hit the juntion, the traffic light turned red and I had to stop. What made me eeekk was there were no cars, no one, no pedestrains, etc..... I waited for a while, and I drove off when it was green. And when I looked back at the rear view mirror... I saw a woman cyclist crossing the road !! I will take AMK Ave 5 next time. Please take note when you go past that junction again.
  16. Would like to know if it is possible to get a road tax refund because roads are not up to standard? The number of roads on construction has increased and caused damage to car suspensions and caused hazards. Ie the workers anyhow place the cones and reduce the lane size and put concrete anywhere and. Then the sign "urgent road works" always have urgent construction? In addition There are big rocks on the road - could cause massive damage if your tyre were to go on it or hit your bottom of the car. The arrows of the roads are also not properly painted after construction - causing possible confusion. The old arrow marks are not removed either Any one has an idea why they make the road in an S shape? Thanks
  17. Watch the video. I think it's a great idea. Use plastic waste and maybe get a longer lasting road that don't break down as much.
  18. http://motoring.asiaone.com/Motoring/News/...630-286832.html Better drive safe arh all those got mod one better own up now arh!!!!!!
  20. From AsiaOne: http://ride.asiaone.com/news/general/story...oads?page=0%2C0 How safe are our roads? (Clockwise from top) The junction of Rochor Road and Victoria Street, where a Ferrari driver ran a red light and hit a taxi on May 12 last year; the scene of a chain collision involving four vehicles on Seletar Expressway, near the Turf Club Avenue exit, on Dec 8, 2010; a car crashed into a traffic light at the junction of Woodlands Avenue 7 and Gambas Avenue on Oct 25, 2011. Maryam Mokhtar and Royston Sim | The Straits Times | Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 Drivers making right turns 'may misjudge, be impatient' Making a right turn at a cross junction can be dangerous and has been the cause of at least 11 serious or fatal accidents in the past two years. In 2011, a 22-year-old unlicensed driver killed a pedestrian while making a right turn from Tampines Street 45 into Tampines Avenue 9. That junction was also where two young brothers were knocked down and killed by a cement truck in January. In that instance, the truck was turning left. Nanyang Technological University adjunct associate professor Gopinath Menon said motorists making turns may misjudge the window to turn safely across traffic, or may be impatient. Said Mr Menon, a retired Land Transport Authority planner: "They take a risk and don't want to wait for the green arrow." Avid cyclist Francis Chu, 53, said cars making a right turn often focus only on traffic coming from the opposite direction and not on whether people are crossing the road they are turning into. Nee Soon GRC MP Lee Bee Wah told The Straits Times on Thursday that a resident in her ward who was in her 30s died in January because of another driver's misjudgment when taking a right turn. A car turning from Lentor Avenue into Yio Chu Kang Road knocked down the motorcyclist, who was coming from the opposite direction. "Drivers are impatient. We need a mindset change to encourage courtesy on the roads for everyone's safety," she said. Motorcyclists, cyclists most likely to get serious injuries The Straits Times found that motorcyclists and cyclists frequently paid for road accidents with their lives. On Feb 22, a motorcyclist in his 40s was killed after making a right turn at a junction in Sengkang, then colliding with another motorcyclist. This group of road users, said former Land Transport Authority planner Gopinath Menon, are more vulnerable to serious injuries and death as they are more exposed and not protected by a vehicle. A New Paper report last Saturday showed that of 14 road-related deaths reported in the previous two months, six involved motorcyclists and cyclists. Government Parliamentary Committee for Transport chairman Cedric Foo said "the best line of defence" was to educate them on road safety. "Cyclists need to don helmets voluntarily to save precious lives and we see anecdotally that they don't do that," he said. Asked if expressways posed a higher risk for motorcyclists, Mr Menon said riders "must be alert" on these roads, which have high-volume, high-speed traffic. Motorcyclist Roy Peng, 26, said: "It's dangerous even if you're a safe rider, what more if you are reckless." An executive in the industrial gas industry, he noted that some riders weave through lanes on the expressway without considering if they are in a vehicle's blind spot. And from his experience, lorries, which have larger blind spots, pose a greater threat. Road users 'less vigilant late at night, with fewer vehicles' Motorists and cyclists could be dropping their guard when they use the roads late at night or in the early hours. After a spate of recent accidents at these times, avid cyclist and co-founder of lovecycling.sg Francis Chu, 53, fears some cyclists perceive the roads to be emptier and hence safer. "From my experience, cars too tend to speed up because there are fewer motorists on the road." Two weeks ago, two men were killed on the same day in a pair of unrelated road accidents. The first victim is believed to have died instantly when his car mounted a kerb and hit a tree at around 2am. About five hours later, a 59-year old van driver is understood to have lost control of his vehicle, which skidded and struck a road barrier on the Ayer Rajah Expressway at about 7am. MP Lim Wee Kiak is a strong supporter of stiffer penalties for speeding drivers - especially in school zones. He said the changing lighting conditions at dawn and dusk could also be a factor affecting the visibility of motorists. Drivers interviewed said they tend to be less aware of their surroundings in the wee hours. Motorcyclist Nurhafi Azahari, 23, has been riding for five years and has been involved in two road accidents. He said: "Late at night after work, I sometimes feel too tired and less alert." There were 7,168 accidents causing fatalities or injuries last year and 7,926 in 2011. 6 Black Spots: 1. The intersection of Tampines Avenue 1, Tampines Avenue 4 and Bedok Reservoir Road: 2. The right turn from Woodlands Avenue 7 onto Gambas Avenue: 3. The merging of the Seletar Expressway and Bukit Timah Expressway: 4. The junction of Rochor Road and Victoria Street: 5. The slip road from Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 into the Central Expressway: 6. The Intersection of Upper Serangoon Road, Upper Paya Lebar Road and Boundary Road:
  21. Ahsiong

    Narrowing of Roads?!

    Recently I have noticed that there are road works in Bedok to narrow a few roads. Examples are 2 streteches of Bedok North St 3 (one near Bedok North Ave 2 and the other one near Bedok North Ave 1). They are being converted from 2 lanes to 1 lanes. also, for the part of Bedok North Ave 1 (near Bedok North Rd), road dividers are constructed and hence making the roads narrower. It seems strange to me that the roads are being narrowed when cars number are increasing. does anybody knows the rationale behind the narrowing of the above mentioned road??
  22. We were too quick to congratulate ourselves. February's announcement that biker and pillion deaths fell by four to 72 last year sounded like good news for bikers. Yet any comfort the statistics provided has been tragically cut short. The New Paper reported this week that there were 23 bike-related deaths within the first two months of this year. In the same period for 2013 and 2012, the figures were 15 and 19 respectively. We are too aware of the incidents. Social media networks are accident barometers. Members in social media groups enthusiastically inform each other of any motorbike accidents they witness. We show our solidarity by attending the wakes of fallen riders and post wishes online for a speedy recovery to the injured. In addition, seasoned riders post riding tips so that others can avoid finding themselves in similar crash situations. But the big question is, are we listening? Bikers often neglect results from research like the 1981 Hurt Study - which looked into the cause of 900 motorcycle accidents in the Los Angeles area. Researcher Harry Hurt discovered that a lack of attention "to the driving task" was common among motorcyclists who were involved in accidents. A rider has "less than 2 seconds to complete all collision-avoidance action", he wrote. In emergencies, most bikers over-braked, leading to them skidding; or under-braked the front wheel, which leads to bikes colliding at high speeds. More than 30 years later in Singapore, The Hurt Report is a faded memory, and even common-sense advice to pay more attention on the roads appears to be falling on deaf ears. Three common mistakes bikers here commit are: Failure to have proper control, not keeping a lookout and not obeying traffic light signals. This needs to change. While the trend shows a general decline in annual bike-related fatalities since 2004, is it too grand a hope to see the figures fall even more? Are we willing to let these deaths be just a statistic; or will we finally come to realise that more than 23 families have been needlessly devastated? An overall decline in biker road deaths is encouraging, but offers nothing to cheer about. Every death is one too many. MY SAFETY BUBBLE For close to 25 years, I have managed to stay accident-free on our roads by riding within my safety "bubble". I maintain this "bubble" by observing the "2-second rule", which dictates that I keep a safety distance of two seconds behind the vehicle in front. In an emergency situation, I'll have enough time and space to brake safely or swerve. It's also vital to protect the sides of your "bubble". This is done by riding in the centre of a lane, which gives you a sizeable gap from the vehicle next to you. Whenever some other motorist tries to penetrate your "bubble" - whether from the rear, front or side - just speed up or slow down. Source: http://ride.asiaone.com/news/general/story/less-killed-roads-can-bikers-do-better -------------------------------------------- the above was written by a rider who can stay accident-free for 25 years which is an impressive record..he advocated 2 valid points, one which is the 2-second rule & most importantly riding in the centre of a lane which I personally think more than 70% of the riders did not adhere to
  23. Singapore Airlines crew injured in New Zealand car crash http://singapore.coconuts.co/2014/10/01/video-singapore-airlines-crew-injured-new-zealand-car-crash A road accident that occurred Wednesday morning in Canterbury, Christchurch, is said to have involved five Singapore Airlines (SIA) crew. In a statement to Yahoo! Singapore, a SIA spokesperson revealed that two of them are seriously injured and another is in critical condition. All five are receiving treatment in the hospital. “Our immediate concern is for the welfare of our staff and we shall accord them and their families the highest standard of care and assistance," the spokesperson said. According to The New Zealand Herald, the car they were in had crashed into another that was towing a horse float. The horse is said to have escaped injury. The newspaper also reported today that Canterbury police is reminding road users to exercise caution, in light of the recent accidents in the area. Watch a video of the rescue efforts at the accident site here.
  24. Singapore's Central Business District, new Marina Bay Downtown and its future southern waterfront district may be linked by an extensive underground road network beyond 2030. SINGAPORE'S Central Business District, new Marina Bay Downtown and its future southern waterfront district may be linked by an extensive underground road network beyond 2030. The plan being studied by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will see traffic zipping about unobtrusively beneath the surface in a series of subterranean ring roads. Such roads, which free up surface space and improve the liveability of urban areas, are found in cities such as Brussels, Stockholm, Madrid, Paris, Hamburg and Boston. Singapore's plan is seen as part of a larger one to accommodate a growing population, and it dates back to the 1980s. Then in 1996, the LTA envisioned 30km of two- to four-lane roads forming a pair of concentric rings under the city centre. It revisited the idea in the recently released 2013 Land Transport Masterplan, but added that the so-called Singapore Underground Road System (Surs) will now be more extensive. "We are now studying how Surs can serve new developments in the Marina Bay area and the new southern waterfront city that will extend from Keppel Channel to Pasir Panjang Terminal," a spokesman said. But until exact development plans for these two districts are clearer, he said, the scale and alignment of the underground roads remain conceptual. Experts said going underground is inevitable. Dr Park Byung Joon, head of the urban transport management programme at SIM University, said intense development is expected for the new downtown areas. Thus, building roads on the surface "may not be desirable due to the limited supply of land". Elevated roads may also mar the visual appeal and perceived prestige of a district, he said. Noise is another consideration. "The only option left is an underground road network," he said. He noted that it will be very expensive to build, but the benefits may be justifiable. Observers said the long gestation of such a network - at least 50 years from concept to implementation - held a high cost, as many areas in the city had to be "safeguarded". The term refers to reserving space for a major infrastructure project to avoid conflicting demands in the future. But retired traffic engineer Joseph Yee, 68, who was involved in early Surs studies, said: "The cost of not safeguarding is higher." Safeguarding ensures that property acquisition is kept to a minimum, for instance. Going underground is not entirely new to Singapore. The 12km Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway, which opened in 2008, is largely underground. The Marina Coastal Expressway, slated to open by the year end, is the first to have a stretch going under the seabed. Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/more-roads-be-built-underground-lta-studying-plan-build-subterranean-r