Section of barrier outside Marina Bay MRT station removed as more workers return to workplace: LTA

SINGAPORE – Workers within the Marina Bay space will not have to climb a barrier to keep away from a prolonged detour when leaving or getting into Marina Bay MRT station.

The barrier, which had been put in three years in the past to forestall bikes from illegally parking on the sphere outside the MRT station, was partially removed earlier this month.

It had pressured commuters to both take a two-minute detour to attain a highway crossing in Marina Way, or to climb over the barrier.

The partial elimination of the barrier, following a grievance on social media platform TikTok on April 5, had sparked dialogue on whether or not a brand new barrier could be reinstated.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) stated in response to queries that it’ll construct a brand new footpath by the center of the 12 months on the part the place the barrier has been removed.

“In preparation for the expected return of more office workers with the relaxation of safe management measures, we have recently removed some of the barriers along Marina Way to make way for a footpath,” stated an LTA spokesman.

“This provides an alternative, shorter route for pedestrians to cross the road.”

Administrative government Ted Ng, 37, who works within the Marina Bay space, stated the elimination of the barrier has made his each day commute a lot more handy.

“I have never climbed over the barrier because it is hard to climb while wearing a suit,” stated Mr Ng. “I always have to walk one huge round around the barrier, which wastes time.”

The quantity of pedestrians repeatedly climbing the barrier had resulted in a bald patch forming on the grass main to it.

The path is an instance of a need line, which refers to an unplanned route or path that’s utilized by pedestrians in desire to a chosen different.

The barrier got here into the highlight following TikTok consumer @ugoahboy’s video, which has more than 230,000 views to date.

@ugoahboy

the aim of placing a barrier right here? #fyp

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The consumer questioned why the authorities didn’t need to create a correct path the place the bald patch had fashioned.

In a subsequent replace on April 9, the Tiktok consumer uploaded one other video to present {that a} part of the barrier had been removed however famous that the present dust path would get muddy after wet climate.

@ugoahboy

Reply to @jaysukk they take away the barrier!! woo!! Happy me !! #marinabay#fyp

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Although the barrier was largely panned as an pointless hindrance by commuters, it was really half of an award-winning resolution to tackle the problem of unlawful parking on state land.

A workforce from LTA, Singapore Land Authority, Singapore Police Force and the Urban Redevelopment Authority had proposed the set up of the barrier as half of a three-pronged resolution to deal with illegally parked bikes in Marina Way, Battery Road, Bussorah Mall and Albert Street.

The workforce was recognised within the workforce class within the Municipal Services Awards by the Ministry of National Development in 2019.

The Straits Times understands that obstacles may very well be reinstated alongside the brand new footpath to forestall the recurrence of unlawful motorbike parking on state land.

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