The current bus interchange in Bukit Panjang will cease operations on December 16 to make way for a new air-conditioned bus interchange that will be ready in 2015.
The new bus interchange will be linked with LRT/MRT stations.
Eleven SMRT bus services will operate out of the new interchange and will be re-routed and call at additional bus stops.
Services 177, 180, 920 and 922 will no longer be calling at selected bus stops.
The Land Transport Authority said transfer times will be reduced with the new interchange when it is completed.
Commuters can expect to take about 1.5 minutes to walk to the LRT station and about 2.5 minutes to walk to the MRT station. Currently it takes about five minutes to walk from the existing bus interchange to the LRT station.
During the construction period, existing bus stops and three new bus stops within the vicinity of the existing bus interchange will function as a temporary replacement bus interchange.
Passengers are advised to familiarise themselves with the changes before they travel.
Hillion Residences Integrated hub located adjacent to the existing Bukit Panjang LRT Station and the upcoming Bukit Panjang MRT Station, the land parcel is well positioned to be an attractive mixed commercial and residential development. The site is also located in proximity to established private and HDB housing estates at Bukit Panjang, Choa Chu Kang and Hillview which will provide a ready catchment of residents for the commercial activities in the future development.
Planned with an integrated bus-interchange and connections to the nearby Bukit Panjang LRT-Station and the future Bukit Panjang MRT-Station, the proposed development will be connected to the key precincts in the city centre such as Bugis and Marina Bay areas via an efficient public transportation system.
The site is also easily accessible via major arterial roads like Upper Bukit Timah Road, Woodlands Road and expressways such as KJE and BKE.
It will be an ideal home for families with school-going children with many schools in its vicinity like Bukit Panjang Primary School, Teck Whye Primary and Secondary Schools and Pioneer Junior College.
Residents can also have access to the wide range of recreational facilities offered by the nearby Bukit Panjang Park, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Choa Chu Kang Stadium and Warren Golf and Country Club.
SIM LIAN TOP BIDDER FOR BUKIT PANJANG SITE
The top bid, from Sim Lian was for $805.26 per square foot of potential gross floor area, or 10.7 per cent higher than the second highest bid of $727.36 per square foot per plot ratio from two Keppel Land units.
The third highest bid, from a partnership between United Engineers unit UED Capital Venture and Singapore Press Holdings’ Earth Holdings, was $679.65 psf ppr.
The recently launched Bedok Residences site attracted nine bidders resulting in a top bid of $841 psf ppr in September 2010 while the Punggol Central site fetched a top bid of $752 psf ppr with seven parties contesting in February 2011.
Analyst estimates that Sim Lian could be targeting an average selling price of $1,300 psf for the residential component
Located adjacent to the existing Bukit Panjang LRT station and the upcoming Bukit Panjang MRT Station, the land parcel is well positioned to be an attractive mixed-use development, with retail, F&B and residential uses.
The future development will also be integrated with a bus interchange, which will provide residents and shoppers with seamless access to public transportation.
With a site area of 1.89 ha, the site has a maximum permissible gross floor area (GFA) of 56,864 sqm. To provide more commercial facilities within Bukit Panjang Town, at least 19,903 sqm of the maximum permissible GFA for the development on the land parcel is to be for commercial uses.
A new hawker centre comprising both cooked food and wet market sections will be built and completed in Bukit Panjang within the next three years. This centre, to be located at the junction of Bukit Panjang Road and Pending Road, will help cater to residents’ dining and marketing needs.
Since the last hawker centre built in 1985, the Government has focused on upgrading and rejuvenating existing hawker centres. Over $420 million has been invested to improve the dining and marketing environment of the centres under the Hawker Centres Upgrading Programme (HUP).
In view of the growth of new population centres, the Government will resume the building of hawker centres to cater to the needs of the community. As an integral part of life in Singapore, hawker centres offer a wide selection of food to Singaporeans at affordable prices, complementing supermarkets, coffee shops and food courts by ensuring greater diversity and choice for residents’ eating and marketing needs. They also continue to play a valuable social role in providing a shared space for the community, serving as places for social interaction for Singaporeans from all walks of life.
Public feedback reaffirms the continued importance and demand for hawker centres. For example, the 2009 URA Lifestyle Survey released in 2010 suggests that F&B outlets, such as hawker centres, are an important aspect affecting residents’ quality of life. Hawker centres are also central to the identity of a neighbourhood, and are a unique feature of what makes Singapore special to its people.
In the coming years, more hawker centres will be built to add to the current variety of eating options such as coffee shops and food courts. Building efforts will be focused on new estates such as Punggol and Jurong, although this will be contingent on land availability. The Government will be exploring various management models and is open to partnering other players who are committed to the objective of maintaining food price affordability.
The Downtown Line (DTL) will be the fifth Mass Rapid Transit line in Singapore. When fully completed, the line will be about 42-km long with 34 stations and serving about half a million commuters daily, making it the longest underground and driverless MRT line in Singapore. Travelling from one end to the other will take about 65 minutes.
The line connects the North-Western and Central-Eastern regions to the new downtown of Singapore. Transfers to this line from the North East Line is available at Chinatown and Little India stations, the North South Line at Newton, the East West Line at Bugis and Tampines stations, the Circle Line at MacPherson, Bayfront, Promenade and Botanic Gardens stations. This line is the third in Singapore to be entirely underground.
On June 14, 2005, the Land Transport Authority announced that it would construct the (then known as) Downtown Extension of the Circle Line, to serve the Downtown at Marina Bay (DTMB) area, where an integrated resort and Singapore’s second botanical garden will be located. The 3.4-kilometre fully underground line was estimated to cost S$1.4 billion. Construction of the extension was slated to begin in 2007, with completion by 2012.
ECO-LINK@LINKS 2 NATURE RESERVES
The $17-million dollar project, set to be completed by December 2013, is the first ecological corridor that connects two nature reserves over an expressway in South-east Asia.
When the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) was completed 25 years ago, movement of wildlife in the area was cut short. Animals often became roadkill while trying to move in search of food and mates. Since then, conservationists have bemoaned the potential loss of genetic diversity, as species like the rare banded leaf monkey were cut off from their counterparts on the other side of the BKE.
The Eco-Link will enable animals, birds and insects to move freely, which will allow effective exchange of native plant and animal genetic materials.
All these, in the longer term, will help ‘restore the ecological balance in these fragmented habitats and provide a conducive environment for our bio-diversity to thrive,’ said Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister of State for Manpower and National Development, who graced the project’s groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday.
The Minister added that while it is still early, they are exploring the idea of creating more linkages, such as connecting the Bukit Timah Nature Reserves to the Bukit Batok Nature Park.
GOVT HOPES TO KEEP CONTINUOUS RAIL CORRIDOR
Parts of the former KTM railway line are now hoarded up for track removal works, and the public is advised to be careful while visiting the area, said Minister of State for National Development Tan Chuan-Jin yesterday.
As agreed with Malaysia, most of the tracks and rail structures must be removed and returned by Dec 31.
Brigadier-General (NS) Tan said: ‘I guess the public would still go and wander around, but they should just be careful.’
For instance, there are areas hoarded up for safety and people should not climb over the barriers, he said.
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.’
Nature, heritage and other interest groups have pushed to keep the tract unbroken. Last October, they sent the authorities a proposal to preserve it as a ‘green corridor’ which could be used for bird watching, cycling and other recreational activities.
The railway land reverted to Singapore from July 1 this year and, since then, thousands of people have strolled along the rails. Most of the tracks and small railway structures must be removed by the year end and returned, in agreement with Malaysia
Holland Bukit Panjang Town’s 5-Year Plan, residents can look forward to a whole array of town improvement works by both the town council and various government agencies. The same town will soon boast an excellent transport infrastructure for increased accessibility, amid abundant, unspoiled greenery and nature parks.
Our residents live, work and participate in various community activities such as gardening and brisk walking, for harmonious living.