Move to Ease Congestion at TPE’s Sengkang Exit to Kick in End-Sept

SINGAPORE — An extra lane at the Sengkang-Punggol exit on the Tampines Expressway (TPE) will be available for motorists’ use from the end of next month, which could ease traffic congestion that occurs there during peak hours. Thus, Sengkang and Punggol executive condo residents such as those from The Terrace EC and Waterwoods EC heading home by (TPE) will enjoy a smoother drive by the end of next month.

Over the past year, the area’s residents have complained of a bottleneck at the roads leading to the Sengkang and Punggol towns from the TPE. The congestion has been attributed to the designation last year of the exit’s two left-most lanes as bus lanes. As a result, the remaining two lanes are shared between motorists who want to turn right into Punggol or left into Sengkang, giving rise to traffic snares that stretch for kilometres during peak hours.

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Yesterday, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the Pasir Ris-Punggol and Punggol East Grassroots Organisations said the outer bus lane would be opened for motorists’ use by the end of next month. But those using that lane must still give way to buses. The lane will also feature a second Mandatory Give-Way To Bus road marking.

Currently, the bus lanes serve two bus stops at the exit, which are used by 11 bus services.

The bottleneck issue had been brought up to the chairperson of the Public Transport and Traffic Committee for Punggol North, Mr Loke Choon Wai, and chairman of the Punggol East Citizens’ Consultative Committee, Mr Raymond Lye, who took the matter to the LTA.