Historical Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to open during public holidays [Press Release]

February 9, 2015 by  
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To allow more Singaporeans to enjoy the historical former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (TPRS), the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) will open the State property to the public on Public Holidays, starting on 20 February 2015, the second day of the Lunar New Year, from 9am to 6pm.

2. Given its rich history and heritage value, the former TPRS has been a popular venue for private events, ranging from carnivals, pop-up restaurants to high-end fashion shows and product launches. Individuals and organisations have held exclusive events at the former TPRS by applying for a Non-renewable Temporary Occupation Licence from SLA.

3. In an effort to allow more Singaporeans to enjoy the State property, SLA called for an “Expression of Interest” on GeBIZ to study the feasibility of expanding the interim use of the former TPRS to possibly house food stalls serving local fare in August 2014. However, as there was insufficient interest given its short tenure for interim use, we were not able to proceed with the tender.

4. Nevertheless, by opening up the former TPRS to the public on public holidays, we hope that more people will use the opportunity to visit the historical monument for strolls, take photos or to partake in its history. SLA will continue to explore other ways to open the former TPRS for events and activities so that more Singaporeans will get to enjoy its history and charm. For example, a flea market organised by Public Garden will be held at the platform of the former TPRS later this month.

Source: SLA

Our reply on the water pipeline construction at the Rail Corridor

July 2, 2014 by  
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PUB will be laying a new major water pipeline from the Murnane Service Reservoir located in central Singapore to the city area underneath the Rail Corridor from 2016-2019.

We feel that although the water pipeline construction work on the southern stretch of the Rail Corridor will cause short-term disruption, it would actually help to ensure the long-term future of the corridor, since no major developments would then be built on top of the pipeline. This means a continuous green corridor will be maintained along that stretch in the future.

PUB has consulted the Rail Corridor Partnership Group and assured that an Environmental Impact Assessment study will be conducted before the works to minimise the impacts, and that alternative public access will be provided along the corridor to minimise disruption.

Nevertheless, there will be some inconveniences for users along the southern stretch of the corridor over the next 5 years, but we hope this short-term disruption would eventually lead to the long-term conservation of the corridor over the next 50-100 years and beyond for future generations to enjoy.

In the meantime, we will continue to engage with URA and SLA on the long-term master plan of the corridor and also to look into having proper signage and access points along the corridor.

PUB to Build Water Pipeline From Central Singapore to City Area [Media Release]

July 2, 2014 by  
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30 June 2014 – PUB, the national water agency, announced today plans to lay a new trunk water pipeline from the Murnane Service Reservoir, located in central Singapore, to meet future water demand in the city area.

2. In preparing its plans for the new Murnane pipeline, PUB has conducted detailed feasibility studies on various options to lay this new underground water pipeline. About half of the 22 km pipeline will be laid underneath the lower half of the Rail Corridor. After the pipeline has been laid, the surface of this stretch will be maintained as a contiguous green space for public recreational use. Read more

11 structures near former Bt Timah railway station being demolished

December 25, 2012 by  
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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.

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Source: Channel NewsAsia

Removal of structures along Rail Corridor [Announcements]

December 11, 2012 by  
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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 [27 Jan 2013]

November 8, 2012 by  
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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/

Heritage Connects @ Tanjong Pagar Railway Station [8-9 Sep 2012]

September 4, 2012 by  
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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.

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station marks anniversary of its closure

July 2, 2012 by  
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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.

Read more

Source: Channel NewsAsia

Revisiting the Rail Corridor, a year later…

July 2, 2012 by  
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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.

Read more

Source: my paper

The Rail Corridor Open Day [1 July 2012]

June 26, 2012 by  
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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

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