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LTA RESPONDS TO FEEDBACK THAT PILLAR AT PUNGGOL BUS STOP BLOCKING COMMUTERS’ VIEW

The Land Transport Authority has responded to feedback that they have received about commuters being unable to see if their buses are coming at a bus stop outside Punggol MRT station because of the pillars blocking their view.

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LTA said that the “interim” measure is to work with bus operators to remind their bus captains to slow down when approaching the bus stops near Punggol MRT station.

They said that the interim measure will allow commuters who are waiting at the bus stops to get a clearer view of the bus number that is arriving.

This comes in the wake of a netizen complaining about his view of oncoming buses being blocked by the pillars, and LTA said that they are aware.

They explained that the bus stops were converted from passenger pick up and drop off points, hence the “slightly narrower” widths of the two bus stops.

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They added that the bus stop columns are located at the front due to the existing drain that runs behind the bus stops, and given the site constraints, moving the columns behind the bus stop would require re-construction of the entire structure, including the drainage.

They further added that they will be exploring improvements to the design of the bus stops through regular reviews of public transport infrastructure, and that improvements will be made to the bus stops where feasible.

Recap

Facebook user Jack Lisa shared his frustration with the design of a bus stop located outside Punggol MRT station in a post on 12 August.

He laments the erection of a pillar in front of him that is blocking his view and he can’t see if his bus is coming or not.

Here is what he said

Whoever designed this bus stop is really dumb… I wonder how to see if the bus is coming.. the only way you can see the bus coming is you have to stand near the main road to see the bus coming then I see no point having the chairs there….

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I think the pillars should be built behind the sign board side and not in front… this is at Punggol mrt outside

Netizens’ comments

  1. because the pillar is to support the huge shade above so you don’t get wet boarding the bus on a rainy day. sheesh. only know how to complain.
    what’s more, these days there are apps to tell you when the bus is arriving so you don’t get surprised. or if you don’t have the app, just stop staring at your phones and watch out once in a while, cannot is it?
  2. Maybe should just remove the shelter and nobody will complain the design.
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