SINGAPORE — Work will commence at the end of the year to make Connaught Drive and Anderson Bridge fully pedestrianised and integrated with the Esplanade Park.
In a joint media release on Friday (5 November), the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the National Parks Board (NParks) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) said that once works are completed, visitors will be able to enjoy walking amid lush greenery as well as historical and arts offerings among Esplanade Park, Empress Place and the Padang.
As part of the upcoming works, the following changes to traffic arrangements will be implemented from end-December:
Connaught Drive will be fully pedestrianised and closed to all vehicular traffic. The coach pick-up/drop-off points will be relocated to the nearby roundabout at Fullerton Road/Connaught Drive junction to facilitate visitors’ access by coaches.
The bus stop along Connaught Drive will be relocated to Esplanade Drive. Bus services 75, 100, 107, 130, 131 and 167 will be diverted to ply Esplanade Drive instead.
Anderson Bridge will be fully pedestrianised and closed to all vehicular traffic. There will be reconfiguration works at the junctions of Parliament Place/St Andrew’s Road, Fullerton Road/Connaught Drive and Fullerton Road/Esplanade Drive to facilitate the pedestrianisation.
Parliament Place will reopen to all vehicular traffic.
After the pedestrianisation works have been completed, the agencies will be planning to hold various outdoor programmes for visitors, to bring greater vibrancy to the entire area.
In addition to the efforts to enhance walkability of the Civic District, new signage and information posters at City Hall and Raffles Place MRT stations were rolled out on Friday. They will be located prominently along walkways leading to the station exits, as well as wall spaces above ticketing machines.
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