SINGAPORE — The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Friday (Sept 30) that it is considering whether it is feasible to activate the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) gantry located just before the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) tunnel entrance, after the Tampines Road entry slip road.

(The location of the ERP before the KPE; photo: LTA. Click to enlarge.)

According to the LTA, the traffic speeds along that stretch of the KPE between the Tampines Expressway and Airport Road have “persistently fallen below the optimal speed range of 45kmh to 65kmh for expressways during the morning peak hours on weekdays”.

This, the LTA said, has led to significant and persistent traffic congestion.

“We need to monitor the traffic situation in the next quarter, before making the decision on whether we will turn the gantry on,” said a spokesperson for the LTA, adding that this particular gantry has not been activated since the KPE was open.

“We will have to see if people start using alternative routes and the situation changes,” the spokesman added.

Meanwhile, the LTA said it has been stepping up improvements for public transport options to help cater to the growing population in the north-east area of Singapore, such as the introduction of two new City Direct bus services from the fourth quarter of 2016, and recently adding 15 new trains to the North East Line.