Supply Committee Debate 2022, Day 6: S Iswaran on a resilient, sustainable and inclusive transport hub

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Singapore will act decisively to reopen its borders and help the aviation industry recover. It aims to restore Changi Airport’s passenger volume to at least 50 percent of pre-COVID-19 levels this year. It will move from vaccinated traffic lanes (VTL) to vaccinated travel without quarantine. The aim is to allow all fully immunized travelers under the Ministry of Health’s “Low Risk” and “General Travel” categories to enter Singapore without having to serve a stay-at-home notice. This will effectively reopen Singapore’s borders to the rest of the world, said Transport Minister S Iswaran. As the airport community and businesses prepare for greater travel volumes, the government will support them with a S$500 million “OneAviation Resilience Package”. The money will be used for workforce support, cost relief and public health protection measures, as well as industry digitization and transformation efforts. Regarding the development of Terminal 5, he said the government has taken the opportunity to review its design and will provide an update in due course. Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday March 9, Mr. Iswaran outlined his ministry’s priorities and plans. On environmental sustainability, he said a master plan will set emission reduction targets for 2030 and 2050 at the airport, with airlines and in air traffic management. A Singapore Maritime Decarbonization Plan will aim to reduce emissions from port terminals and port vessels. The Maritime and Ports Authority will commit an additional S$300 million over the next 10 years to reduce emissions and support green technologies and fuels for shipping. To maintain high quality transportation services, the Jurong Region Line will open in 2027 and the Cross Island Line (CRL) in 2030. The second leg of the CRL will extend further west and pass through areas such as Turf City , Sunset Way, Clementi, West Coast and Jurong Lake District. Mr. Iswaran stressed that a resilient, sustainable and inclusive transport network is essential to Singapore’s survival. He said the job now is to manage Singapore’s world-class transport ecosystem, adapt it to changing circumstances and emerging trends, and pass on a more resilient, sustainable transport hub to future generations. and inclusive.

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