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Transport Ministry outlines response to jams caused by road accidents

SINGAPORE: In the event of a major traffic jam caused by road accidents or incidents, there are multiple actions taken to facilitate traffic diversions, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said to Parliament on Monday (Feb 29). Traffic diversions are managed by the Traffic Police, with support from the Land Transport Authority (LTA), said Mr Khaw. In the event of a traffic incident, the Traffic Police deploys officers to divert traffic away from the accident site and ensure that motorists continue to drive safely.

The LTA will then facilitate the diversion by adjusting traffic light timings along diversion corridors, and will also disseminate incident information on the Expressway Monitoring and Advisory System (EMAS), as well as via online and radio channels. Mr Khaw was responding to a question from Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Ang Hin Kee, who also asked if LTA would consider using mobile columns as road dividers which can be removed in the event of an accident.

Mr Khaw rejected the suggestion. “These mobile columns cannot be easily reconfigured at short notice,” he said.

– CNA/av

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