Whenever I go to Sim Lim Sq, I just can’t help wondering why there are three pedestrian crossings within walking distance of each other.
Sim Lim Sq building is located at No: 1 Rochor Canal Road at the big traffic cross junction off Jln Besar directly opposite Albert Complex (OG Building). Since it is situated at the traffic cross junction, there is a built-in traffic lights crossing for pedestrians.
The second traffic lights crossing is located at the other end of Sim Lim building after the ERP gantry. From the first to the second traffic pedestrian crossings, it’s about 50 metres of walking distance. Just directly above this second pedestrian crossing is a concrete overhead covered bridge – the third pedestrian over the air crossing!
Granted that there is much human traffic in and around Sim Lim Sq vicinity but do we need three pedestrian crossings within short walking distance of each other?
From my observation, the concrete overhead bridge is under utilized. It’s a white elephant. No one bothers to walk up the flight of stairs to use it. Most of them prefer to use the traffic lights crossing directly below the overhead bridge.
To justify the huge cost of building the overhead concrete bridge connecting Sim Lim Sq to Albert Complex (OG) by claiming that it serves it’s purpose during raining doesn’t make any sense at all. If that is the case, why not connect all the buildings in town with covered concrete bridges? What a waste of money and resources!
The covered concrete overhead pedestrian bridge linking Sim Lim Sq to Albert Complex costs a lot of money. Who pays for it? Where did the money come from? I understand that LTA pays half and the building owner pays the balance half. Pls correct me if I’m wrong.
I do not care about the building owner spending such unnecessary money but I do care about how our public money is spent. Is this another case of blind spending of taxpayers’ money to build a white elephant? If it is not squandering public funds building an expensive concrete over-head bridge with another parallel pedestrian crossing underneath, then please tell me what it is? Bizarre creativity for the convenience of the public? Really?
Whenever I use the pedestrian crossing underneath that “white elephant”, I always wonder why did they build that concrete bridge? Too much money to throw away? I hope someone could enlighten me. What a langgar epic monument of city planning by LTA or whatever department!
The other obvious stupidity is that why is there a traffic lights pedestrian crossing underneath the concrete overhead bridge giving unnecessary inconvenience to motorists. Before he could shift from second to third gear, the driver faces another traffic lights within fifty metres? Really langgar!
What do you think? Pls feel free to post your comments. All comments are welcome.