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Date [ 2015-05-26, 05:53 ]

Plans are still being set for the setting up of the high speed rail. 

High Speed Rail development

(Singapore=Koreanpress) Park So-jin = The Singapore Government announced  this May, that the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) terminus will be located at the current site of Jurong Country Club (JCC) in Jurong East. The site will also be comprehensively redeveloped for new mixed-use developments and community facilities to serve Jurong residents, HSR passengers and visitors.

At the 6th Singapore-Malaysia Leaders’ Retreat on May 5, 2015, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the HSR terminus in Singapore would be located in Jurong East. This is in line with the Government’s vision to develop Jurong into a second Central Business District and as a new gateway to Singapore.

In view of Singapore’s land constraints, the Government has sought to minimise the HSR’s land take at Jurong. For example, Singapore has agreed with Malaysia that all depot and stabling facilities will be located in Malaysia. Notwithstanding this, the HSR terminus will require a sufficiently large site that is accessible and well-connected to the public transport network.

The JCC site is ideal due to its high connectivity and close proximity to the existing two MRT lines (East-West and North-South Lines) at Jurong East MRT station. JCC will also be connected to the new MRT lines (the Jurong Region Line and Cross Island Line) being planned for the area, as well as the future integrated transport hub in Jurong East.

The terminus will also be located close to Jurong Gateway, which is already shaping up well as a vibrant mixed-use precinct. Hence, the terminus location is compatible with the surrounding land uses, and well-supported by infrastructure and amenities.

The decision to site the HSR terminus at Jurong East dovetails with the Government’s plans to develop Jurong East. This could include introducing new mixed-use developments and community facilities at the surrounding area to serve Jurong residents, HSR passengers and visitors. Accessibility at Jurong East will be greatly improved when existing and new MRT lines are seamlessly integrated with future developments, the Integrated Transport Hub, and connected with pedestrian linkways.

There will be opportunities to further improve the road network as part of the comprehensive redevelopment of the area. New family-friendly recreation uses could also be developed to complement the upcoming Jurong Lake Gardens and the new Science Centre. Residents and visitors can look forward to enjoying continuous access to the entire Jurong Lake waterfront.

These new developments will be implemented progressively after detailed planning and technical studies are carried out. Concurrently, for the HSR, the Government will conduct a detailed engineering study to finalise the station footprint and alignment. More details will be announced when ready.
The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has already gazetted the acquisition of the affected land. SLA will work closely with the management of JCC and assist the club throughout the acquisition process.
 
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