Finally, some track-side peace and quiet
By Amanda Tan, The Straits Times, 4 Jul 2011.
Mr W.S. Yong, 52, has lived beside the railway tracks in Ghim Moh for 15 years.
Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) trains now start their Malaysia-bound trips from Woodlands instead of Tanjong Pagar, so he will no longer see or hear them chug past his estate.
An executive at an import-export firm, he said he would not miss them: ‘It was noisy, and we sometimes had snakes and mosquitoes because of the trees and bushes around the tracks. We had to use repellent all the time.’
Ironically, he is moving away too – just when the noise and critters are finally gone.
His block is among six in the neighbourhood up for the Housing Board’s Selective En Bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers). They will be pulled down and new blocks built in their place.