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S'pore's first all-hours audible traffic signals to aid sight-impaired pedestrians part of inclusive society master plan

S'pore's first all-hours audible traffic signals to aid sight-impaired pedestrians part of inclusive society master plan
Audible traffic signals will be installed at 325 pedestrian crossings in 10 town centres with higher proportions of residents with visual impairment as part of a master plan launched on Wednesday (Aug 17) to build a more inclusive society.

About 1,300 audible traffic signals are already installed around Singapore, but these new ones will be the first to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Typically, the others are available only from 7am to 9pm.

The project, to be implemented by the Ministry of Transport and Land Transport Authority, is part of the Enabling Masterplan 2030, setting out a vision for Singapore in 2030 as an inclusive society, and catering to the needs of the disabled and their caregivers.

Another initiative will mean all building owners will have to provide basic accessibility features throughout a building whenever any addition and alteration works are undertaken, through legislation targeted for early 2023.

Mr Chong Kwek Bin, former head of employability and employment and advocacy at the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped and a member of the steering committee, said the 24-hour audible signals will greatly benefit the visually impaired, since currently they can only use these traffic lights after 7am and before 9pm. 

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