A radical new traffic scheme, designed to beat Singapore's city-centre congestion, came into operation on Monday (2 June), and proved an immediate success.
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Background: A radical new traffic scheme, designed to beat Singapore's city-centre congestion, came into operation on Monday (2 June), and proved an immediate success.
The scheme, which restricts rush-hour entry into the city centre to motorists who have paid a three dollar (55 pence sterling) daily levy, cut average commuting time by about a third.
The restricted zone covers a two-and-a-half-mile-square radius.
Motorists who want to avoid paying the levy are being offered a "park and ride" service, under which they can leave their vehicles in one of 15 car parks outside the central business district and travel in by a fast shuttle bus.
But not many took advantage of this offer, and some of the car parks were only three-quarters full and the shuttle buses were under-used.
It is believed many commuters chose to travel by normal bus routes or outside the rush hour. Others travelled four (or more) to a car, which entitled them to exemption from the levy.