Misleading claims by the Ministry of Adventure

February 16, 2016 by  
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We feel that this event post at https://www.facebook.com/events/1026857430718208/ by the Ministry of Adventure is misleading, with claims about the “planned destruction” and “demise” of the rail corridor, and plans to turn it into another park connector.

We got in touch with URA, who shared that they have contacted the event organisers to explain and also sent the following note to them:

“It was a pleasure chatting with yet another person from the community who is passionate about the Rail Corridor. Thank you once again for allowing us to share more about this project.

We have been working closely with the community on the Rail Corridor project. From our past four years of extensive public consultations on plans for the Rail Corridor, one recurring theme that surfaced was to make the Rail Corridor a more inclusive public space for Singaporeans from all walks of life, while retaining its distinctive characteristics.

Far from destroying the Rail Corridor and replacing it with a Park Connector Network, our intention is to strengthen its signature “Green Corridor” experience. The Rail Corridor will be retained as a seamless 24 km-long public space that links nature and heritage. From mid-2016 to 2019, a new water pipeline will be built under the southern-half of the Rail Corridor. This will not only support our future demand for water in the city area, but secure the Rail Corridor as a contiguous space for recreational use because no developments can be built above the pipeline. During this period, parts of the Rail Corridor will be temporarily closed, but will progressively reopen after the pipeline is laid. PUB has also conducted environmental studies and will put in measures to minimise the impact of construction works. More details of the closure and reopening will be made public by PUB in due course which I could also forward you when available.

Regenerating the vegetation with an appropriate natural landscape and planting strategy, and enhancing biodiversity along selected stretches of the Rail Corridor are part of our plans to strengthen the wilderness of this “nature highway”. There will also be sensitive design strategies to heighten the Rail Corridor’s sense of memory and heritage.

Lastly, to allow people of all ages and abilities to access the Rail Corridor safely and enjoy what it offers, it is important that we improve the trail using suitable materials, with basic amenities added at suitable locations. These will be complementary and consistent with the character of the Rail Corridor at different stretches.

As we want the Rail Corridor to be appropriate and relevant to all Singaporeans, we are continuing to collect public feedback for the awarded Concept Master Plan for the Corridor which we announced last November. Do drop by http://ura.sg/railrfp to view the proposals and give us your comments.

We hope that you can consider sharing with MOA fans more about the Rail Corridor project, so we can reach out to more people to make this a truly inclusive community space.”

My Thoughts on the Concept Master Plan and Proposals for the Rail Corridor

November 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Heritage, Nature, Recreation, Stories, Transport

By Eugene Tay

Concept Master Plan and Proposals for the Rail Corridor

I started the Green Corridor campaign in Nov 2010 to support the Nature Society’s proposal to keep the former KTM railway lands as a continuous green corridor. In 2011, together with various stakeholders and government agencies, I joined the Rail Corridor Partnership Group formed by URA. Over the last 4 years, there is no doubt that URA has been active in conducting many public engagement initiatives to understand the needs and wants of Singaporeans for the Rail Corridor. The feedback and suggestions from the public and community groups were then distilled into design briefs for the Concept Master Plan and Proposals, which was awarded to the winning teams on Monday.

I think the public reaction to the Concept Master Plan and Proposals are mixed. I hear some people liking the proposals and plans, while others worry about the developments and call for the corridor to be left as it is. I would recommend that everyone visit the exhibition at URA Centre (till 28 Nov) or view the plans online, take a closer look at the proposals and then give your honest feedback. These are not the finalised proposals, but are to be refined upon further feedback from stakeholders and the public. Read more

Speech by Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development, at the launch of the Rail Corridor Request for Proposal awards exhibition at URA Centre Atrium [Speeches]

November 10, 2015 by  
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09 Nov 2015

Mr Desmond Lee,

Parliamentary colleague

Mr Ng Lang, CEO, URA

Fellow colleagues,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I’m very happy to join you today for the launch of this Rail Corridor exhibition.

A Connected Rail Corridor

For decades, the Rail Corridor served as a transportation line to carry goods and people to and from Singapore. It was a journey of many twists and turns, as those of you who were involved in the process would know, before we finally obtained this stretch of land back in 2011.

The Corridor has outlived its function as a rail line. But in many ways, we have a higher degree of connectivity than before, even though it is no longer a rail line. First, we now have a fully connected Corridor with more contiguous parcels of land, which offer better development opportunities for housing and other economic activities. In time to come, these developments will add to the diverse landscapes of homes, schools and industrial estates which are already along the Corridor today. Read more

URA announces Rail Corridor RFP awards and exhibition [Press Release]

November 10, 2015 by  
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9 Nov 2015 – The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) announced today the Rail Corridor Request for Proposal (RFP) awards, and launched an exhibition of the awarded proposals where the public can give feedback. URA also announced the proposed conservation of the two steel truss bridges along the Rail Corridor, and acknowledged the community’s contributions in achieving a key milestone for the Rail Corridor project.

Developing proposals for an inspiring and extraordinary Rail Corridor

URA launched the ‘Rail Corridor – An Inspired and Extraordinary Community Space’ RFP on 18 March 2015, inviting design professionals to develop a Concept Master Plan and Concept Proposals for the Rail Corridor. In May 2015, based on the strength of their Statement of Design Intent for the Rail Corridor and quality of their team composition, organisation and track record, five teams were shortlisted for Stage 2 of the RFP. Read more

Iconic steel bridges along Rail Corridor up for conservation [News]

November 10, 2015 by  
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By Neo Chai Chin, TODAY, 9 Nov 2015

Two iconic steel bridges along the Rail Corridor are up for conservation and could be gazetted by the end of the year or early next year.

One bridge is located near the Rail Mall at Upper Bukit Timah Road, and the other is near the Bukit Timah Railway Station on Bukit Timah and Dunearn Road. The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has proposed that the two bridges be conserved.

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Source: TODAY

Rail corridor to offer recreation nodes, connectivity [News]

November 10, 2015 by  
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By Neo Chai Chin, TODAY, 9 Nov 2015

From community farms and fishing ponds near Stagmont Ring and Pang Sua Canal, to a yoga spot and climbing wall near a Pan Island Expressway viaduct near Mayfair Park, the future Rail Corridor will offer a variety of recreation options to the estimated one million people living nearby, as well as other leisure seekers.

As for a 16ha site in Choa Chu Kang that falls along the stretch of former Keretapi Tanah Melayu railway line, it will be the testbed for a future housing concept — providing 3,000 units — that is integrated with a forest-type environment. The former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, meanwhile, will be a multi-functional community building for the next 20 years.

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Source: TODAY

5 teams shortlisted for stage 2 of the Rail Corridor RFP [Press Release]

May 21, 2015 by  
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20 May 2015 – The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) announced today the five teams shortlisted to participate in the second stage of the Rail Corridor Request for Proposal (RFP). The URA also announced further details of the requirements in Stage 2, including a feasibility study and preliminary design for a four kilometre-long signature stretch to be undertaken by the successful team of the Concept Master Plan.

Strong interest in the Rail Corridor project

The URA launched the ‘Rail Corridor – An Inspired and Extraordinary Community Space’ RFP on 18 March 2015, inviting design professionals to develop a Concept Master Plan and Concept Proposals for Singapore’s Rail Corridor.

64 teams responded with their submissions in the Stage 1 Pre-Qualification exercise that closed on 15 April 2015. The teams comprise local and international landscape architectural and architectural firms, including tie-ups between local and international firms. Read more

URA launches Request for Proposal for the Rail Corridor [Press Release]

March 18, 2015 by  
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18 Mar 2015 – The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) launched the ‘Rail Corridor – An Inspired and Extraordinary Community Space’ Request for Proposal (RFP) today, inviting design professionals to develop a Concept Master Plan and Concept Proposals for Singapore’s Rail Corridor.

The Rail Corridor: A unique community space of exceptional possibilities

The 24 km-long Rail Corridor spans north to south of Singapore. It threads through diverse landscapes such as housing, business, industrial, and recreational areas, and key landmarks that are rich in nature and heritage. See Annex A for the current uses along the Rail Corridor.

Over the past three-and-a-half years, the URA has engaged different segments of the community extensively through various platforms to gather feedback on their aspirations for the Rail Corridor. The URA has taken on-board the community’s input and distilled them into a set of Planning and Design Goals that now forms part of the RFP brief, to guide participating teams’ proposals for the Rail Corridor. See Annex B for this set of goals. Read more

Govt set to call for proposals on Rail Corridor development [News]

March 12, 2015 by  
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By Laura Elizabeth Philomin, TODAY, 11 Mar 2015

After three and a half years of engaging the public to gather feedback, the Urban Redevelopment Authority is ready to launch a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Rail Corridor’s concept master plan and design concepts.

Announcing this during the second day of the Ministry of National Development’s Committee of Supply debate today (March 11), MND Minister of State Desmond Lee said the RFP will firm up the overall plan and design, which will guide developments in the coming years.

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Source: TODAY

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.

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