Govt hopes to keep continuous rail corridor

July 28, 2011 by  
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By Grace Chua, The Straits Times, 28 Jul 2011.

The Government hopes to keep the former Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) railway land a continuous stretch as far as possible, said Minister of State for National Development Tan Chuan-Jin in a meeting with the media yesterday.

Plans for the tract will be firmed up over the next two years, and details will be included in the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) 2013 land-use Master Plan, he added.

Referring to the 26km tract which stretches from Tanjong Pagar to Woodlands, he said: ‘I imagine there are stretches which we will keep, some we would develop in a way that makes sense, but the idea of it as a continuous stretch is something we would very much like to do.

‘It’s about keeping the spirit of it as much as the physical.’

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Source: The Straits Times

Thank You Walk [31 Jul]

July 26, 2011 by  
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Sunday, 31 July, 9am – 11am;

Location: Bukit Timah Train Station to Rail Mall (meet at platform opposite station);

We started this Facebook page in Nov last year to gather support for Nature Society’s proposal on The Green Corridor. Since then, we have 7,700+ people and 37 businesses and organisations supporting The Green Corridor. Thank you for all your support!

Earlier this month, the government agreed to “plan our urban development along the railway track to keep a green spine for nature and leisure, without compromising the developmental potential of the railway lands”. The government is also in the process of engaging interest groups in this planning stage, including consultations with Nature Society and us. We will continue to work with the authorities to realise The Green Corridor and reflect your views. Big thanks to Minister Khaw, BG Tan, MND, URA and NParks!

We would like to thank all of you for helping to spread the word and documenting our shared memories through your photos, videos, letters, blogs and comments! We believe everyone’s efforts helped to nudge the government in doing the right thing. Read more