All public buses will be wheelchair accessible by 2020: Lui Tuck Yew

Nurul Azliah Aripin
21 October 2013
SINGAPORE - FEBRUARY 14: Commuters take the bus to work on February 14, 2013 in Singapore. The government white paper revealed Singapore's population may increase 30% to over 6.9 million by 2030, with nearly half the population expected to be foreign-born. Many local residents are critising the plan concerned about the added strain on housing, transportation and healthcare and the diminishing identity of the Singaporean community. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

All public buses will be wheelchair accessible by 2020, up from 64 per cent today, said Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew in parliament on Monday.
 
This is one of the new transport initiatives under the new Land Transport Master Plan (LTMP) that was rolled out on 7 October. Lui was answering a question posed by NominatedMember of Parliament Laurence Lien, who asked about the extent to which the new transport plan would address accessibility issues combined with the problem of the aging population.

“Today, all our train stations and bus interchanges are barrier-free. We have also doubled the number of taxis that can accommodate high-back motorised wheelchairs,” Lui said, adding that the public can also expect 200km more sheltered walkways as part of the Walk2Ride programme under the same master plan. The sheltered walkways will also offer rest areas for seniors.

“LTA is reviewing design requirements for pedestrian infrastructure as a whole to help seniors using wheelchairs and other mobility aids to get around,” he said.

The new LTMP maps out new transport initiatives in Singapore that will take effect in the next 10 to 15 years.

Other initiatives include expanding the country’s train line such as adding the Downtown Line, which will see the opening of six of its 12 stations by 22 December. The LTMP aims to reduce the public’s reliance on cars and improve mobility of commuters, including the elderly, via public transport.