More heartlanders are beginning to speak out about ERP gantries which are built in their estates – some claiming that the ERP gantries actually drive traffic onto the expressways – which are also gated by another ERP gantry. Some are even “squashed” between 2 gantries who do not make sense to them – but probably do to the authorities.

I can only wonder about the statement that someone made – soon, we’ll have gantries when we drive out of the carparks. I wonder if this is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Heartland ERP redirects traffic onto expressways

RECENTLY, more ERP gantries were built, some in the heartland.
The reason these gantries were built is that the roads they are built on lead to the city. These gantries will be turned on as necessary to ensure these roads maintain optimal traffic flow.

ERP is used on expressways to redirect traffic away from the expressways during peak hours. Drivers who do not wish to pay ERP to use the expressways during peak hours must find an alternative route to the city, such as through the heartland, or take public transport.

Once the new gantries are switched on, drivers will have to pay to get to the city whether they use the expressways or go through the heartland.

Will such a move actually redirect traffic back to the expressways?

If drivers have to pay ERP anyway, why should they pay to use a slower route through the heartland if paying a bit more on the expressway gets them there faster?

Vincent Ng Teck Soon


I AM writing to find out why two ERP gantries have been erected at Upper Boon Keng and Geylang Bahru 500m apart. What traffic are these gantries meant to control?

Geylang West is a small residential estate, and we feel ‘locked in’ by these two gantries. Why should we put at a disadvantage?

Does the Land Transport Authority know the Housing and Development Board has decided to close Upper Boon Keng Road Food Centre temporarily for at least one year after Chinese New Year? Thus, the nearest market residents can patronise will be Geylang Bahru Hawker Centre.

Chan Nghee Eng

Article obtained from on 28th january 2008

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  3. Anonymous | February 5th, 2008 at 11:35 am

    In the 1995 LTA White Paper, they specifically wanted more Singaporeans to own car, and they have set a specific target of improving the car to population ratio from 1:10 to 1:7 by 2010.

    As such, when they realised a few years back that the target is still far from achieving (about 1:9), they quickly increase COE quota which caused the COE prices to plunged from $70,000 to about $15,000 now.

    Hmmm.. basically the government wants more people to own cars, but still wants less congestion. That’s tough and as I write, it sounds ridiculous! If the government had wanted more people to own cars, they should have predicted that there would be congestions on the road and started improving road works immediately.

    In some cases, ERP gantries are put up in areas where the simple solution of better road construction could have solved the problem. We are coming to a stage where we will be buying cars to keep them at home for show.

    I would also like to know what was the purpose of the COE in the first place? I thought it was to control the number of cars on the road? Please correct me if I’m wrong.

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