Extra lane for slip road from PIE to expanded Airport Boulevard; separate driveway to Jewel
Plans afoot to prevent traffic snarls when Changi Jewel opens The highlights at Jewel, a mainly commercial development that will offer about 300 shops and food and beverage outlets, include thrilling play equipment like sky nets and slides - features never seen before at airports. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

With Singapore's next big attraction, Jewel, opening at Changi Airport next year, road improvement works and other measures are in the pipeline to ensure travellers and visitors do not end up in traffic snarls.

The enhancements will also support growing passenger traffic, the authorities said.

Plans include adding an extra lane to the slip road from the Pan-Island Expressway to Airport Boulevard, which will involve building a new vehicular bridge over an existing canal. Airport Boulevard will also be expanded, with an additional lane, The Straits Times understands.

Visitors heading to Jewel - a mainly commercial development that will offer about 300 shops and food and beverage outlets - will have their own separate driveway and drop-off area. This is to make sure they do not get in the way of travellers at Terminal 1, which will be directly linked to the new complex. Jewel will also be connected to T2 and T3 via air-conditioned bridges with travelators.

Changi Airport Group spokesman Ivan Tan did not confirm the plans, but said the airport has been working closely with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and public transport operators.

He said: "As air travel demand continues to grow and with the opening of Jewel next year, we expect there to be more vehicular and human traffic to and from Changi Airport. We have conducted traffic impact assessment studies, jointly with LTA, as part of our overall master planning process and subsequently developed plans for road improvement works, carpark expansion as well as new way-finding signage and linkages to public transport." Details will be provided later, he added.

A spokesman for LTA said that if necessary, bus and MRT services will also be beefed up. It will "closely monitor public transport demand, including the demand on the Changi Airport Line, and make adjustments where necessary", she said.

Every year, Changi Airport attracts millions of local visitors who go there to eat, shop and play.

The number is set to increase when Jewel, with its many attractions, opens, observers said.

Highlights include thrilling play equipment like sky nets and four different types of slides - features never seen before at airports.

There will be a 250m-long bouncing net, which at its highest point will be suspended 8m above ground. A second walking net that is 50m long and 25m high will let visitors peek through the voids.

Jewel will also feature a bridge - 50m long and suspended 23m above ground - with glass flooring at the centre section. It will offer the best vantage point to view a Rain Vortex display, which is a 40m-high indoor waterfall.

Changi Airport expects about 40 million to 50 million people a year - including travellers and visitors - to visit its new attraction when it opens.