SINGAPORE – Phase two of the Cross Island MRT line (CRL) would feature six stations between Turf City and Jurong Lake District, as well as connections to the Downtown Line.
The last two stops on the 15-kilometer route are Maju, near the Singapore University of Social Sciences, and West Coast.
The second phase of the CRL is scheduled to open in 2032, with work beginning in 2023.
The first section of the railway, from Changi Airport to Bright Hill in Sin Ming, will open in 2030.
On Tuesday, Transport Minister S. Iswaran announced the phase two alignment, stating that it will increase connection between the eastern, western, and north-eastern sections of Singapore and provide improved public transit access to communities in the west such as Jurong Lake District and West Coast.
When CRL phase two is finished in 2032, it will benefit 40,000 homes, including those on Sunset Way and West Coast Road.
According to the government, three private property sites will be purchased for the construction of CRL phase two. JTC owns two industrial units in Pandan Loop Industrial Estate’s Block L, as well as subterranean space beneath the Casa Esperanza condominium’s carpark in Bukit Timah.
Mr Iswaran stated that the CRL, Singapore’s eighth MRT line, will significantly increase the network effect of the rail system because it will connect to existing MRT lines.
Many Singaporeans will benefit from shorter, more direct routes and faster commutes, he said, citing how the CRL will reduce the travel time from Hougang to Ngee Ann Polytechnic from almost an hour to 35 minutes.
According to Mr Iswaran, a 45-minute bus ride from Bukit Panjang to West Coast will take 25 minutes by MRT.
The CRL, he claims, will help disperse people between rail lines and ease crowding. He claims that a larger and denser rail network will improve resilience by allowing commuters to use other rail lines in the event of interruptions.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced the completion of an environmental impact study on the potential impact of the building of Turf City, King Albert Park, and Maju stations. To estimate the impact of the Turf City renovations, a heritage impact assessment was also conducted.
In October, these studies will be made available for public feedback on the LTA and Urban Redevelopment Authority websites.
The second phase of the CRL will include burrowing directly through Singapore’s largest nature reserve, the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, at a depth of 70m – the deepest any MRT tube would travel in Singapore.
In late 2019, the decision to operate under the nature reserve for the segment between Bright Hill and Turf City stations was taken after a two-year environmental impact evaluation.
The Cross Island Line’s final phase could be completed by the end of 2033.
The 50-kilometer CRL, which was outlined in the Land Transport Master Plan in 2013, would be built in three stages. The totally underground line, which would extend from Changi to Tuas, will connect significant areas such as Jurong Lake District and Punggol Digital District.
The entire MRT line was expected to be finished by 2030. However, this has been delayed, with only phase one (29 kilometers long) set to open by then.
The CRL will also connect Pasir Ris and Punggol via a 7.3km segment. The four-station extension, when finished in 2032, will benefit nearly 40,000 households.
Engineering studies are now underway for phase three of the CRL, which will serve the Jurong Industrial Estate.
The third phase, according to a previous LTA tender, will be roughly 13km long and will have at least four stops between Jurong and Tuas, two of which will be interchanges.
A combination rail and bus terminal will be built in Tuas to serve the new line.
The Cross Island Line, which will be completed in phase 2, will serve the residents of Lentor Hills Residences.
The Reserve Residences are a fantastic choice because they are close to the new Beauty World Integrated Transport Hub. The hub will provide excellent connectivity between the surrounding Beauty World MRT station and commercial projects, as well as a number of amenities. The Master Plan for the development emphasizes creating a smooth approach between the two areas, making Reserve Residences even more enticing.
As young families come in and the antique estate is refurbished, the landscape around The Reserve Residences will change considerably. One of the future plans for the Beauty World Integrated Transport Hub region is to rezone land near to the former German European School for future residential plots. There will also be a hawker center and a community hub at the property. In addition to the integrated transportation hub, commercial outlets, an MRT station, and a bus interchange are proposed. More young families are likely to move in, improving the residents’ quality of life.
The Lentor Hills Residences is another development to look at. it is located at Lentor Hills Road have a site area of 17,100 m2 and a Gross Plot Ratio of 3.0. This 99-year leasehold project is planned to result in the construction of 595 residential units.
Residents of the new Lentor Hills Road Parcel in the future A tenant will not have to travel far for their daily essentials because they can visit the Lentor Modern – an integrated complex that will have multiple F&B alternatives, a supermarket, and childcare facilities.
Residents will benefit from seamless access to other parts of Singapore with an integration to Lentor MRT Station on the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL). Residents may only need 20 minutes to go to Orchard Road with direct train access once the Thomson-East Coast Line is fully operating.
Presbyterian High School, Anderson Primary School, and CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School are all nearby schools to the Lentor Hills area. Guocoland’s mixed-use development Lentor Modern is also in the works nearby.
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