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Mechanised parking to pilot in Bukit Panjang, Yishun and Changi Village

Mechanised parking to pilot in Bukit Panjang, Yishun and Changi Village
Dr Lee Bee Wah (left) and Dr Teo Ho Pin being briefed on the mechanised parking system while on a site visit in Bukit Panjang on Oct 6. Photo: Ooi Boon Keong
Published: 4:02 AM, October 7, 2013
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SINGAPORE — Residents in Bukit Panjang, Yishun and Changi Village can look forward to a mechanised parking system in their estates in 2015, with the launch of a pilot programme designed to ease the car park crunch in older Housing and Development Board (HDB) towns.

The car parks are beside Block 259A Bangkit Road and Block 666A Yishun Avenue 4, and behind Block 1 Changi Village Road.

Dr Lee Bee Wah, the Government Parliamentary Committee Chairman for National Development, announced this during a site visit to the proposed area at Bangkit Road yesterday.

In January 2012, she had initiated a study on the viability of mechanised parking in HDB estates to address car park shortage in older towns, where there is limited space to build more lots.

The study team evaluated different mechanised parking technologies and looked into potential implementation issues, such as residents’ acceptance, retrieval time and management of breakdowns.

The team visited commercial and private residential developments which have already implemented mechanised car parking systems to learn from their experience.

It also studied experiences in Japan and South Korea, two countries which use such systems extensively.

However, due to its more complex design, the cost of installing and maintaining mechanised parking is higher than that for multi-storey or surface car parking.

Dr Lee said: “This is an additional option, it will be used only when a multi-storey car park, surface car park is not feasible, then we will look into this mechanised parking system.

“Because of its cost and this being the pilot project, we have to study it in detail. We want to address the concerns of users -- in particular residents are very concerned about reliability, whether it will break down and how fast is the response time.

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