Letter to The Straits Times: Increase train services on pedestrian nights
My letter to The Straits times on the above matter is published today, Monday 29th September 2014.
It is a good move to close a section of Orchard Road to vehicles once a month (“Stretch of Orchard Rd to be closed on ‘pedestrian nights’”; last Friday).
Shoppers who patronise the shops and restaurants will bring in more business that will, in turn, spur the economy. Once the economy is boosted, more social support can be given to our needy citizens.
Pedestrian Night is also an opportunity for families to spend quality time together in a more conducive setting.
As motorists will not be able to drive their vehicles into Orchard Road during Pedestrian Night, it is important to ensure that MRT train services are sufficiently increased to meet the expected crowds. Additional MRT staff must also be deployed for crowd control, in the event of train breakdowns.
Organisers of Pedestrian Night need to work closely with the MRT management, Traffic Police and Land Transport Authority to make it a success.
Raymond Anthony Fernando