Thursday, May 27, 2010

(KTM) Rails to Trails?

Tom Keeble asks hopefully,

"So with the transfer of the KTM line to Singapore, what do you think are the chances of getting the line turned into a massive park connector from Woodlands to Tanjong Pagar?" Like Rails to Trails in the US -

He is referring the ground-breaking news on the 24th of May 2010:

"KTMB station in Tanjong Pagar to relocate to Woodlands by July 2011," by S Ramesh. Channel News Asia, 24 May 2010. [pdf]

SINGAPORE: Singapore and Malaysia capped a historic day in relations on Monday with agreement on a long outstanding bilateral issue.

After 20 years, both sides have arrived at a solution on the Malayan Railway Land in Singapore. The leaders of the two countries agreed to move the station at the heart of the city centre in Tanjong Pagar to Woodlands Train checkpoint, near the border by the 1 July 2011.

The smiles said it all - of a retreat that has been fruitful with significant moves. The centrepiece must surely be the issue of the railway land and lines, spelt out in the Points of Agreement (POA) signed in 1990.

Read the rest of the article here.

For the joint statement by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak at the Singapore-Malaysia Leaders' Retreat, click here.


Paul Barter said...

Yes, I have often thought that the KTM corridor would make a wonderful Park Connector if not needed for rail any more.

We need a campaign for this quickly I think!

Digisexed said...

A very good idea. I agree there should be a petition send to Govt and Nparks to consider turning the corridor into a park connector. The narrow strip cannot build anything of use.

Majimo said...

Brilliant idea! Considering that there is not much they can do with that small patch of land.

PCN Fanatic said...

Probably have to push very hard to turn the corridor into a park connector. There should be a petition to Govt to make this a reality. The strip of land cannot build anything anyway. It would be good if cyclists can cycle from Tanjong Pagar all the way up north using this route.

Paul Barter said...

I have written a little more about it here: