Posted by: hyacinthus | September 17, 2007

Would you like to have Jam everyday?

No. I don’t like Jam at all.

Every morning, on my way to work, I see jam like this along Farrer Road towards Queensway. Evening jam happens in the opposite direction and it could be worse. 

I was wondering why not have 4 lanes all the way instead of converging 4 lanes to 3 lanes? There’s a closed lane as shown in the picture below. In district 10 where there are many prestigious schools and well-to-do families that own not 1 or 2 but 3 or more cars, 3 lanes on Farrer Road is simply not enough!

Can we have 4 lanes, please.

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  1. honestly speaking I don’t think the problem is with the road but rather the planning. I am actually a foreigner who have been staying in SG for a year plus I found that the estate planning seems quite divisive in class (rich,middle,poor). As you mentioned in this article, too many of the affluent (too many cars) & important public buildings (prestigious schools) and the direction of the traffic leading to those places will still eventually lead to a traffic jam eventhough there is more lane. Just my humble opinion.

  2. hi Robert,

    thanks for commenting 🙂

    my suggestion is indeed more reactive rather than preventive 😉

    estate planning or district planning by class probably started long ago since Raffles’ time. I see there’re good reasons for doing so cos people of the same kind would usually flock together. also, it helps to create distinctive character (and differences in home prices thru supply and demand) in each district.

    i think urban planning is a highly-specialised art of moulding a physical environment (and possibly a nation). It is multi-facet as it involves consideration of many areas e.g. changing demographics and retrospective as it’s based on whatever data available at that point in time. it’s impossible to project accurately what may happen in future apart from planned actions. Furthermore, not all land are state owned. btw, I am not in urban planning… it’s solely my own opinion.

    Hopefully, after the completion of Farrer Road station, Bukit Timah Line and realignment of roads, traffic condition may improve as more people use public transport 🙂

    do u like living in Singapore, so far?


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