$1 Increase At ERP gantries along AYE, CTE & KPE Starting 22 Feb
With the Covid-19 pandemic showing signs of improvement here and more people returning to work in offices, there has reportedly been an increase in morning traffic along our expressways.
To manage the congestion, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has recently revised ERP rates and will increase charges by $1 at 10 gantries along AYE, CTE, and KPE.
The increase in ERP rates will take effect from next Monday (22 Feb) onwards.
ERP rates to Increase by $1 during peak hours from 22 Feb
After close monitoring of traffic conditions in January, LTA has decided to raise the ERP charges to tackle peak-period congestions at specific locations.
The ERP rates at 10 gantries along AYE, CTE, and KPE will see an increase of $1 starting next Monday (22 Feb).
2 locations will see ERP rates increase from $0 to $1.
On AYE towards the city, a set of 3 gantries after Jurong Town Hall exit will see the increase between 8.30-9am.
Motorists travelling on KPE (East Coast Parkway) after Defu Flyover will soon face a $1 ERP charge between 8.30-9am as well.
6 CTE gantries will see increase in charges
CTE will see the greatest number of gantries affected.
Those travelling south on the expressway before Braddell Road between 8-9am will soon face a $2 ERP charge, up from the current $1.
Southbound CTE before Braddell Road
From 9-9.30am, motorists will be subjected to a $1 ERP charge — up from $0 previously.
Motorists travelling on Southbound CTE after Braddell Road, as well as on the PIE Slip Road merging into Southbound CTE will also face $1 charges between 8-8.30am.
PIE Slip Road into Southbound CTE
Between 8.30am and 9.30am, the ERP rate along the route will also increase from $1 to $2.
The last change will be at Southbound CTE auxiliary lane to PIE (Changi) and Serangoon Road where drivers will soon have to pay $1 between 8am and 9.30am.
LTA will continue to monitor traffic situation
Since the ‘Circuit Breaker’, LTA has been regularly revising ERP rates islandwide.
Besides peak periods, traffic has remained manageable on most arterial roads and expressways. Thus, there will continue to be no other ERP charges on other roads.
LTA also added that they will continue to monitor traffic situations closely to assess if more changes are required.
A step towards normalcy amidst the pandemic
The increase in ERP charges might be a downer for drivers travelling along the abovementioned routes, but it is also a positive sign of businesses recovering.
Hopefully, the fact that more people are heading back to their workplace is a step towards normalcy.
Even as we return to our offices, do remember to take the necessary precautions to keep ourselves and those around us safe.
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