Ex-railway station an event venue?

October 3, 2011 by  
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By Imelda Saad, Channel NewsAsia, 2 Oct 2011.

Singapore authorities said they would consider opening part of the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station as an event venue.

Other possibilities include having tours at the site.

This follows some suggestions on how the space could be used in the interim before any development plans are firmed up.

It has been three months since the former Malayan Railway land was handed over to Singapore.

Already, some 40 per cent of railway tracks have been dismantled.

The former workers’ quarters are now vacant, and the land around the former Tanjong Pagar railway station left bare.

There has been a series of public consultation on how the area can be best utilised.

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Source: Channel NewsAsia

Paradise once lost, can’t be regained

September 7, 2011 by  
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By Paul Gilfeather, Today, 7 Sep 2011.

While major cities around the world search for the money and means to establish quality green spaces for its population, Singapore appears to have hit the jackpot with the closure of the Malaysian railway line.

As the last train pulled out of Tanjong Pagar Station in July there was an outpouring of sadness as Singaporeans young and old turned out to mark the end of another chapter in the country’s history.

Now, as the planners and politicians fix their sights on the future of the now-defunct track, the environmental lobby has stolen a march by unveiling their “green corridor” concept. The genius and beauty of the proposal is in its simplicity. The plan is to do absolutely nothing to the stretch of natural beauty and I can’t help but feel excited at the prospect.

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Development plans for railway under review

July 29, 2011 by  
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Letter from Lee Seng Lai Director Land Operations (Private) Division Singapore Land Authority and Tan See Nin Director (Physical Planning) Urban Redevelopment Authority, TODAY, 29 Jul 2011.

We refer to the letter from Mr Liew Kai Khiun, “A temporary park connector?” (July 21)

As agreed with Malaysia, Singapore has to remove the railway tracks and ancillary structures along the former KTM railway line, and hand them over to Malaysia by Dec 31.

This is a very tight timeline, given the extensive work required: The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has to remove 26km of railway tracks in five months. The SLA started removal works on July 18.

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KTM greenery to be preserved: Khaw

July 18, 2011 by  
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By Fiona Low, The Straits Times, 18 Jul 2011.

The iconic tracks of the KTM railway will be dismantled from today, but Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan assured the public that the lush greenery surrounding them will be preserved.

Walking the tracks with his family and pet chihuahua Tammy yesterday evening, the minister added that after the tracks are dismantled, parts of the path will be reopened to the public again.

Speaking to reporters after the walk, Mr Khaw said there were many possibilities for housing development in the areas currently occupied by the tracks.

‘But we will do it in a way where we can still preserve this green spine. I’m quite sure it can be done and it will be very nice. We can have urban development but still maintain the greenery,’ he said.

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Source: The Straits Times via Wildsingapore

Informal group to discuss railway land use

July 10, 2011 by  
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By Amelia Tan, The Straits Times, 10 Jul 2011.

An informal workgroup that includes people with varied perspectives has been formed to chart the future of the former KTM railway land. It includes representatives from nature and heritage groups, architects and university dons.

Already, its first meeting is scheduled in one to two weeks’ time, said Minister of State for National Development and Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin, who is leading the railway development project.

Meetings will be held once every one or two months, he told reporters at Bukit Timah Railway Station yesterday.

Brigadier-General (NS) Tan was leading a group of about 30 people from interest groups, such as nature and heritage groups, as well as individuals on a 23km trek along the railway tracks from Silat Estate in Tanjong Pagar to Kranji.

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Source: The Straits Times via Wildsingapore

Public works and future plans for former railway land [Press Releases]

July 2, 2011 by  
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By Singapore Land Authority and Urban Redevelopment Authority, 1 Jul 2011.

The lands previously occupied by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) for railway use have been vested in the Singapore Government with effect from 1 July 2011.

As agreed with Malaysia, Singapore will remove the tracks and ancillary structures of the KTM railway and hand them over to Malaysia. The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) will commence these removal works as well as conduct maintenance works around the various railway sites shortly.

Public Can Access the Railway Tracks

Nevertheless, in response to requests for an opportunity for the public to trek along and experience the tracks, the SLA will be staging its works. From 1 Jul 2011 to 17 Jul 2011, the entire line of railway tracks will be open to public for 2 weeks, except for some localised areas.

After 17 Jul 2011, a 3km stretch of railway tracks from Rifle Range Road to the Rail Mall will continue to be open to the public till 31 Jul 2011. Read more