Singapore road system is designed to take you to every corner of Singapore. Find out more about road infrastructure, driving rules and regulations, and guiding signages for your drive in Singapore.
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Besides the rail and bus network that forms part of our extensive public transport infrastructure, our roads to are also optimized for those traveling via car. And if you are going places – whether driving or via taxi or hired car – chances are that you will use one of the 10 expressways that span the island. With no traffic lights or traffic junctions, these wide, dual carriageways connect people to homes, schools, and offices faster and more seamlessly.
They typically have three or more lanes in each direction and some run partially underground or even underwater for faster, shorter, and more connected journeys. All open expressways in Singapore have a maximum speed limit of 90km/h and between 70km/h and 80km/h in expressway tunnels. Motorists should observe speed limits when driving and follow expressway and tunnel safety precautions. Motorists are advised to go to Road Tunnel Operations and Safety to find out more about good practices in road tunnels.
Singapore expressways are commonly known by their acronyms, which are derived from the first letter of the first two syllables followed by the first letter of the last word.
Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE)
Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE)
Central Expressway (CTE)
East Coast Parkway (ECP)
Kranji Expressway (KJE)
Pan Island Expressway (PIE)
The exceptions are the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) and the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE). The KPE was originally intended as two separate expressways in Kallang and Paya Lebar, and because of this, the first two letters of each area are used for its acronym. As for the MCE, it is abbreviated to highlight the road’s coastal geography.
Driving Rules and Regulations
LTA & the Traffic Police (TP) enforces rules and regulations that keep our roads safe and traffic moving. Do take note of the driving rules and regulations and play a part in keeping our roads safe while enjoying a pleasant commute.
Under the Road Traffic Act, LTA determines the speed limits while TP enforces action against speed limit offenders. The speed limit varies depending on the types of roads you are driving on. In general, the speed limit is 50km/h, unless otherwise stated.
Lower speed limits in School Zones help create a safer road environment for school-going children. A School Zone with a reduced speed limit of 40km/h is in effect when you see the “40km/h When Lights Flash” sign flashing.
Silver Zones are areas with enhanced road safety measures that make it safer and more convenient for senior pedestrians to cross the roads. The speed limit in Silver Zones, where it is feasible to lower the speed limit, is 40km/h.
Emergency vehicles such as fire engines, ambulances, and Singapore Police Force and Singapore Civil Defence Force vehicles are allowed to exceed the speed limit while on official duty.
LTA enforces parking regulations and restrictions across the island to keep traffic flowing freely, improve road user safety and prevent obstructions. Parking illegally along public roads is an offense liable to fines.
Road Signs and Schemes
To provide a safe environment for all road users, LTA designs traffic signs and schemes to:
Ensure the safe and orderly flow of traffic
Protect pedestrians and motorists at intersections
Reduce the severity and frequency of road accidents
Impart important road information
The designs and locations of traffic signs and road markings are regulated by LTA to be easily read and understood at a glance.
These signs and markings are visual reminders to communicate laws, regulations, traffic and road conditions, and ensure safety for all road users.
Intelligent Transport Systems
Across the island, over a 160km network of expressways and road tunnels, hundreds of gadgets, sensors and cameras gather data on traffic flow, travelling times and road demand to give you the information that helps you make decisions on how you get to places.
Collectively called the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), this web of data collection technologies forms a dynamic, real-time picture of the ebb and flow of a population moving through their daily lives. ITS uses the sensors, traffic and control systems, and data analytics, to maximise road network efficiency capacity, monitor and manage traffic flow, and make our roads safer.
The vision, key strategies and focal areas of ITS is set out in the Smart Mobility 2030 (PDF, 11.6mb) master plan, a roadmap jointly developed by LTA and the Intelligent Transportation Society. The goal of this plan is to meet transport challenges in a systematic and coordinated manner for smarter urban mobility in the future.
Road Tunnel Operations & Safety
Singapore is a built-up city-state with limited land space. To cater for growth, LTA needs to efficiently integrate land use for transport planning. One of the solutions is to expand our underground road network.
Besides being built around a densely developed urban environment, our road tunnels need to cater for high traffic volume, peak hour congestion and multiple entrances and exits. These pose challenges to traffic and incident management including tunnel emergencies, and planned and unplanned tunnel closures.
The Intelligent Transport Systems Operations Control Centre (ITS OCC) works around the clock to monitor traffic and manage incidents on our expressways and road tunnels using the i-Transport and various ITS.
Safe driving in road tunnels.
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Source: LTA Land Transport Authority