By Lip Kwok Wai, Channel NewsAsia, 25 Dec 2012.
Since last month, demolition works have been carried out on 11 small buildings and structures near the former Bukit Timah Railway Station.
The works are expected to be completed next month.
The structures include gate huts along the Rail Corridor at Bukit Gombak, Stagmont Ring, Sungei Kadut, Blackmore Drive and Tanglin Halt.
Many of the huts were work stations of railway workers previously.
The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) says the structures have been assessed to be structurally unsound, and are being demolished for safety reasons. Read more
By SLA, 26 Nov 2012.
The Singapore Land Authority will be demolishing unsound buildings and structures along the rail corridor starting 26 November 2012. This is expected to be completed by 31 January 2013. For safety reasons, the public is advised to keep clear of the area.
Please refer to the list of FAQs for more details.
FAQs on the removal of buildings and structures along rail corridor
1. When will demolition work begin? What is the timeline?
The demolition works will begin on 26 November 2012. The works are expected to be completed by 31 January 2013.
2. How many buildings or structures will be demolished in total?
In total, 11 buildings and structures will be demolished. Some of these buildings/structures include two buildings and a gate hut at Gombak Gate, a temporary structure at Blackmore Drive and a gate hut at Sungei Kadut Gate. Read more
The Green Corridor Run is the first running race to be held on Singapore’s most unique course. The 10.5km course, starting at the historic Tanjong Pagar Rail Station winds its way along the ‘Green Corridor’, finishing at the old Bukit Timah Rail Station.
The run is organised by Groundswell Events Pte Ltd and Nature Society (Singapore) is the Official Charity Partner. Find out more about the run at http://www.greencorridorrun.com.sg/
Venue: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
Day and Date: Saturday, 8 Sept 2012 and Sunday, 9 Sept 2012
Time: 10am – 6pm
The National Heritage Board (NHB) is partnering various community partners for this event. Members of the Malaysian-Singapore Vintage Cars Register (MSVCR) would be displaying about 50 vintage cars at the event, to showcase private transportation of yesteryears.
In addition, NHB is partnering various heritage enthusiasts, such as bloggers and train enthusiasts to host a photography exhibition on the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, highlighting the train and station operations in the past and people’s memories of the place.
URA will also be displaying panels from their “Journey of Possibilities” Competition, showcasing winning proposals on the future of the Rail Corridor.
By Melissa Chong, Channel NewsAsia, 1 Jul 2012.
It has been one year since the closure of the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.
On Sunday, visitors got a chance to explore the heritage site.
For the early risers, there were guided tours organised by the Nature Society of Singapore.
Others chose to hike the entire 10 kilometres from Bukit Timah to the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.
But the highlight was the station itself, where over 100 visitors turned up to learn about its architecture and history.
“Many things can’t be experienced in a shopping centre, so every weekend I will take my daughter to visit different buildings and get close to nature,” said one visitor.
“The railway corridor is a nice stretch of greenery. It’s peaceful and you see abit of wildlife like birds and insects… So it’s quite nice and scenic,” said another.
Source: Channel NewsAsia
By Lisa Oon, my paper, 2 Jul 2012.
For Mr J. Tang, 57, a technical officer, going to Tanjong Pagar Railway Station yesterday brought back memories.
Only five when he moved to Singapore from Thailand with his parents, he remembers fondly the days when he stepped into the station.
He recalls eating fried rice and eggs done sunny side up on the train. “I still remember the taste,” he said.
He and his 23-year-old daughter were among 300 members of the public who visited the Rail Corridor since it was closed down a year ago.
The Tanjong Pagar station was open to visitors yesterday from 8am to 5pm.
Some adventurous visitors embarked on a four-hour trek from Bukit Timah Railway Station to Tanjong Pagar. The event was organised by Friends of the Rail Corridor and Nature Society (Singapore).
Source: my paper
The Rail Corridor Open Day is held on 1 July to allow the public to enjoy the biodiversity and heritage of the Rail Corridor, and to explore the Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Timah Railway Stations. This event is organised by Friends of the Rail Corridor and Nature Society (Singapore).
The public can participate in the following activities during The Rail Corridor Open Day on 1 July: Read more
By Grace Chua, The Straits Times, 16 May 2012.
A compromise has been reached between the Government and the people farming illegally in Clementi.
All 18 who had been tending to crops near Sungei Ulu Pandan will get to stay, but on a smaller plot of land. They will also pay $60 a year to continue farming there.
Member of Parliament Sim Ann said yesterday that when the farmers’ activity came to light in March this year, the Government’s task was to give them ‘a legitimate outlet for their passion for planting’. ‘The legal position is clear – whatever the background reason, encroachment on state land is illegal,’ said Ms Sim, who had been leading the talks between the gardeners and the various government agencies involved. Read more
By Sharon See, Channel NewsAsia, 2 May 2012.
President Tony Tan Keng Yam has urged the government to not rush into coming up with a plan for the Rail Corridor.
He said it is more important to take time to wait for good ideas to come forth.
“Don’t rush into doing things (and) say ‘We must have a plan and we must finish it by 2-3 years’ time’… (Let’s) take our time to study the possibilities,” said Dr Tan.
He was speaking after visiting the “Journey of Possibilities” exhibition at the URA Centre on Wednesday.
The exhibition features about 80 entries comprising 18 winning ideas, 19 honourable mentions, as well as other innovative entries received for Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Ideas Competition. The exhibition also showcases some of the interesting feedback and suggestions received on URA’s Rail Corridor website since its launch in July last year. Read more
URA establishes Rail Corridor Partnership to explore and promote community activities along Rail Corridor
Press Release by URA.
2 May 2012 – The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) announced today the formation of a Rail Corridor Partnership to look into the programming and promotion of community activities along the Rail Corridor. The Partnership is an expansion of the Rail Corridor Consultation Group, which was formed last July to provide input to the government on charting the future development plans for the Rail Corridor.
With the re-opening of the Rail Corridor on 9 January 2012, the Partnership will look for opportunities to promote community use of the space that spans the entire width of the island from north to south. Representatives from agencies such as the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Singapore Sports Council, and People’s Association will join the Partnership to further foster public-people sector collaboration along the Rail Corridor. Read more