The 43km Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) is Singapore’s sixth MRT line, adding 32 new stations to the existing rail network, with seven interchange stations linking the TEL to all five existing MRT lines. TEL will open in stages from end of January 2020, starting with the opening of 3 stations which are Woodlands North Station, Woodlands Station and Woodlands South Station. When fully operational by 2024, the TEL is expected to serve approximately 500,000 commuters daily in the initial years, with the figure rising to about one million commuters in the longer term.
Besides enhancing connectivity between the north, central and eastern parts of Singapore, the TEL will strengthen the resilience of the nation's rail network by providing alternative travel routes for commuters on other lines.
The TEL1 comprises one depot at Mandai and three stations, including an interchange station at Woodlands that links to the North-South Line (NSL), providing commuters in Woodlands greater accessibility and shortening their travelling time. Woodlands Station is also equipped with a Civil Defence shelter.
Passengers can look forward to new five-door, four-car trains for TEL. Trains will be running along TEL1 stations from Woodlands North to Woodlands South at frequencies of 10 minutes during peak hours and 15 minutes during off-peak hours, at the commencement of passenger service for TEL1. As ridership on TEL1 increases, the frequencies for both peak and off-peak hours will be reviewed and adjusted.
The second stage of the TEL comprises six stations from Springleaf to Caldecott, with two interchange stations at Bright Hill and Caldecott. Bright Hill station will link to the future Cross Island Line, while Caldecott station will link to the existing Circle Line.
Italian ceramic tile maker, Florim has opened their flagship store on Mohamed Sultan Road and the store will also be their new institutional point of reference for the Far East market.
The new showroom, joining the ones in Milan, New York and Moscow, is a modern, elegant location designed on two levels. Its open-space interior is conceived to display the best-sellers of the Group's brands (Floor Gres, Rex, Casa dolce casa – Casamood, Cerim, CEDIT – Ceramiche d’Italia and FLORIM stone) through installations enhancing the large slabs' potential and technical performances.
The Singapore investment is part of a clearly defined strategy of establishing ties with the main architecture firms, promoting the use of large slabs and above all raising awareness of Florim's "beauty" and "style" worldwide. This flagship store will be followed by other openings in 2020, also in the hearts of the world's design districts.
An innate passion for beauty and great determination have led Florim to challenge clichés, succeeding in transforming what everyone calls tile into an element of design. A history of almost 60 years, rooted in the ceramic district of Sassuolo (MO), combines with an international trendsetting present thanks to the leadership of Claudio Lucchese and a high-range product recognized in markets all over the world.
For them, “Made in Florim” is a guarantee of quality, innovation, Italian know-how and particular attention to corporate social responsibility.
The LTMP 2040 report contains detailed responses to recommendations made by the LTMP Advisory Panel (LAP) in February 2019 and accepted by the Government in March 2019. These recommendations were the product of extensive public consultations led by the LAP and facilitated by LTA officers. Over 7,400 responses were received from commuters, transport workers, academia, industry partners, unions, students and interest groups over six months. Their ideas helped to shape the Panel’s nine recommendations, which were grouped under three key themes – A 45-minute City with 20-Minute Towns; Transport for All and Healthy Lives, Safer Journeys.
To realise the goal of a 45-minute city with 20-minute towns, LTA will continue investing in public transport to make journeys more seamless and convenient. By 2040, new regional hubs outside the city will also bring jobs closer to homes, thereby shortening the average time taken to travel to work. We will also continue to expand the active mobility network to facilitate first-and-last mile journeys. Overall, commuters should have more time to live, work and play.
The LTMP 2040 report unveiled several key public transport enhancements. These include the expansion of the rail network, including several new stations and rail lines which will be developed over the next two decades.
Two new MRT stations will be opened on the North South Line (NSL) by the mid-2030s. Brickland Station will be added to the NSL. Located between Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Gombak stations, it will give residents in areas such as Keat Hong, Bukit Batok West, Pavillion Park and the Brickland district in Tengah town easier access to the rail network.
Click here to read more details about this masterplan project.
You can’t cry over spilled milk when there’s no milk to begin with. In Singapore, most fish soup eateries serve their fish soup with a dash of condensed milk. No Milk on Pahang Street offers fish soup with no added milk.
A multi-concept establishment; No Milk is your casual fish soup eatery in the day and when the sun sets, the second floor turns in a chill-out bistro with some cool drink deals and fusion bar bites to offer.
Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced the full opening details of Lornie Highway. The northbound Lornie Highway towards MacRitchie Viaduct, Adam Underpass and the remaining bound of Sime Underpass will open at 3am on 19 April 2019.
The Adam Underpass will allow motorists from PIE (Tuas) heading towards PIE (Changi) to have a seamless connection onto Lornie Highway (northbound) towards MacRitchie Viaduct, while the remaining bound of Sime Underpass will bring traffic from Kheam Hock Road towards Lornie Road (northbound).
This follows the opening of one bound of the Sime Underpass, connecting motorists from Lornie Road (southbound) to Lornie Highway (southbound) and Kheam Hock Road, on 24 March 2019.
Together with the southbound Lornie Highway that was opened in October 2018, the new Lornie Highway and underpasses will improve traffic flow along Lornie Road and the PIE, and cater to expected growth in future traffic demand.
For more information on changes to roads and bus routes, refer to their traffic advisory here.
The CRL is Singapore's eighth MRT line and also our longest fully underground line. When fully completed, it will serve existing and future developments in the eastern, western, and north-eastern corridors, linking major hubs such as Jurong Lake District, Punggol Digital District and Changi region. The projected daily ridership of the entire CRL is more than 600,000 in the initial years, increasing to over 1 million in the longer term.
LTA will construct the CRL in three phases. Phase 1 of the CRL (CRL1) is 29 kilometres long, and comprises 12 stations from Aviation Park to Bright Hill. This will serve residential and industrial areas such as Loyang, Tampines, Pasir Ris, Defu, Hougang, Serangoon North and Ang Mo Kio. More than 100,000 households will benefit from CRL1, and common recreational spaces such as Changi Beach Park and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park will also become more accessible by public transport. Construction for CRL1 is expected to commence in 2020 and be completed by 2029.
Engineering studies are still being conducted for the other phases of the CRL, including the two underground alignment options in the vicinity of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. LTA has consulted various stakeholders and will take all views into consideration before deciding on the final alignment. Details will be announced when ready.
With the improved connectivity, CRL1 will shorten travel times for commuters between the central, north-eastern and eastern parts of Singapore. For instance, a commuter staying at Serangoon North and working at Loyang Industrial Estate will enjoy travel time savings of up to 70%, from 75 minutes by bus today to 25 minutes on the CRL1. As with the introduction of other new rail lines, LTA will review the bus services in surrounding areas to optimise connectivity to CRL1 and the rest of the rail network.
CRL1 will connect to the East-West Line at Pasir Ris Station, North East Line at Hougang Station, North-South Line at Ang Mo Kio Station, and the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line at Bright Hill Station. This multiplies the travel route options for many commuters’ journeys, thus enhancing the connectivity and resilience of our overall rail network.
The Founders’ Memorial station, located between Tanjong Rhu and Gardens by the Bay stations along the TEL, will improve accessibility for visitors to the Bay East Garden, where the memorial will be located. The station will also serve upcoming residential and recreational developments in the area.
The southbound section of the Lornie Highway has been completed and is now open to traffic. This section of Lornie Highway is parallel to Lornie Road and facilitates traffic flow from the existing Thomson Road/Lornie Road towards the Pan Island Expressway (PIE)/Adam Road/Farrer Road.
A new vehicular underpass constructed near the entrance of the highway will allow motorists to access the residential area along Lornie Road, while a temporary road connection near Sime Road has been constructed to connect traffic from the existing southbound Lornie Road to southbound Lornie Highway.
With the opening of southbound Lornie Highway, motorists heading towards PIE, Adam Road and Farrer Road are advised to use the new Lornie Highway to reach their destinations.
For more information on changes to roads and bus routes, refer to LTA's traffic advisory here.
Check out the short videos below to help you navigate around the new roads better:
Sultans is where the modern-day barbering experience becomes a fuss-free, convenient and accessible option for everyone.
Conveniently located at Holland Village, Sultans is created by the same guys from Sultans of Shave and it is truly for everyone - men looking for a quick and convenient fix, young men exploring grooming options, parents hoping to share with their young ones a classic barbering experience, or even ladies who are adventurous enough!
Five years after the opening of Sultans of Shave, the quintessential barber shop renowned for delivering consistent quality grooming experiences have stepped up their game and bring quality barbering experience to everyone and anyone who appreciates a good shave, or wants to experience a teaser of an experience at a classic barber.
Set in a shophouse in Kampong Glam; the 30-seater IB HQ is the brick & mortar cocktail bar of The Indigenous Bartender, a platform that was created for like-minded bartenders (and foodies) looking to explore locally sourced ingredients and their uses with a culinary and creative approach.
Helmed by Zurina Bryant and Kamil Foltan (the latter has previously worked for Potato Head and Tippling Club), IB HQ offers cocktails with intriguing ingredients.
Cocktails are priced from $22++ onwards. View their cocktails menu here.
After cutting his teeth at stellar dining institutions like 3 Michelin-starred Nihonryori RyuGin (Tokyo, Japan) and 2 Michelin-starred Odette (Singapore), Chef Shigeru Koizumi embarks on his first ever kappo fine dining restaurant at 15 Mohamed Sultan Road.
Emotive and imaginative, Esora will showcase Modern Japanese cuisine guided by Chef Koizumi’s affinity with nature and attention to detail. There, the chefs are storytellers and every dish is an intimate tale of nostalgia, seasonality, and sheer fanaticism.
Sengkang General Hospital (SKH) forms a vital part of Singapore's master plan to provide quality and accessible care to better serve the healthcare needs in North-Eastern Singapore.
Offering a wide spectrum of specialist clinics and co-located with Sengkang Community Hospital, SKH will be part of the newest integrated hospital campus delivering multidisciplinary and patient-centric care covering all major healthcare disciplines.
Reflecting their mission of achieving better health together, SKH's team of doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals practise multidisciplinary and team-based care. Patients are treated holistically and will benefit from having a primary doctor (specialist) oversee and coordinate their care throughout their hospitalisation stay and follow-up. For patients who need longer-term rehabilitative care, they can be seamlessly transferred from the general hospital to the community hospital to receive the appropriate care during their recovery.
As part of the hospital's efforts to provide integrated care for patients, their multidisciplinary care team works with polyclinics, general practitioners and other healthcare providers to provide longer-term care for chronic disease management through follow-ups with patients and ensuring timely and appropriate access to specialist care for acute and complex cases.
Punggol Polyclinic is the latest addition to SingHealth Polyclinics (SHP) network of polyclinics. The new Polyclinic which spans across four levels is housed in the new HDB commercial development - Oasis Terraces located next to Oasis LRT at 681 Punggol Drive.
Patients at Punggol Polyclinic will no longer have to submit their prescription chits at the pharmacy themselves, as is the practice at most polyclinics. An automated pharmacy which involves robot technology is among the facilities of the new Polyclinic. Automation at the pharmacy will allow it to handle 50 per cent more prescriptions, up to 150 an hour.
The Punggol polyclinic offers comprehensive and holistic healthcare services for the entire family. The key services include outpatient medical care and treatment for chronic and acute conditions, women health services such as screening for cervical and breast cancer, child health services, immunisation and development assessment.
Beyond the services provided by a typical polyclinic, Punggol residents will also have access to x-ray, physiotherapy and podiatry services; offering patients accessible and convenient one-stop location for their various medical needs. The new Polyclinic is designed to be conducive and age-friendly with features such as lifts and low ramps for wheelchair access.
As a primary care hub under the SingHealth Regional Health System, Punggol Polyclinic will be working closely with the upcoming Sengkang General and Community Hospitals, General Practitioners (GP) clinics and other community service providers to provide seamless and coordinated care for the residents.
House of MU on Mohamed Sultan Road takes pride in delivering quality & delicious dishes using seasonal fresh produce.
Going back to basics, their Michelin-starred Head Chef, Joon (formerly from Les Amis) highlights the natural flavours of simple ingredients, elevating taste by using modern cooking techniques and delivering a true culinary experience in a casual setting.
Expected to be ready in 2023, Singapore General Hospital's new Emergency Medicine Building on the SGH Campus will be equipped with facilities and services to better manage patients with emergency conditions. As the new building has easy access to the expertise of many disciplines, the hospital is able to initiate expedient and coordinated care for its patients.
SGH constantly builds capabilities in emergency medicine to stay ahead of changing healthcare needs. This includes preparedness to handle national emergnecis including mass casualty incidents and disease outbreaks. They enhance diagnostic and treatment abilities through education, research and collaboration.
Strategically located on the SGH Campus, the Emergency Medicine Building will be connected with the main hospital complex to allow pateints timely access to multi-disciplinary care. Besides emergency medicine related facilities, the building will also house the Acute Medical Ward, Hospital Decontamination Station and other support services.
Hidden Door Concepts, the progressive restaurant group behind some of the most well-known lifestyle and F&B concepts in Singapore, unveils its latest venture, Nickeldime. Presenting an impressive showcase of premium international craft beers and a mouthwatering menu of contemporary pub dish recipes, the lively joint offers diners an approachable, laidback setting to enjoy good quality food and drinks. Tucked away on Mohamed Sultan Road in a characteristic shop house, the hangout’s grungy vibes and edgy graffiti brick walls go hand-in-hand with the team’s focus on bringing together the community, and is set to be the neighbourhood’s place to be for breakfast, dinner or just a few casual beers.
His culinary style is characterised by elevating comfort dishes through application of his refined fine dining skillset, a vision which is channeled into his menu at Nickeldime. All food items are prepared in-house from scratch, while working with fresh, seasonal produce and fermentation techniques to optimise flavours. With his personal approach and passion for curating unique experiences, Tim loves to interact with diners and goes above and beyond to tailor bespoke dishes to their preference.
Whether a true beer aficionado or complete novice, Nickeldime always has 16 distinctive international craft beers on tap, with all premium beers listed on its chalk boards. The broad selection available ranges from light and fruity – such as Stone & Wood Green Coast Lager and Lervig Orange Velvet, to more complex brews – including Pirate Life Mosaic IPA and Black Butte Porter. By establishing exclusive relationships with breweries around the world, the Nickeldime team is able to continuously update its offering with the latest, unique finds and share the insightful story behind each beer. For non-beer drinkers, the well-balanced beverage menu includes house-made lemonade, refreshing squeezed juices and a selection of sparkling and non-sparkling wines.
Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White (the chef-restaurateur and television star behind Hell’s Kitchen Australia) was the world’s youngest chef to be awarded three Michelin stars. He then ‘returned’ the stars during the height of his fame. His restaurant in Singapore, The English House, is set to open soon.
The English House is located at the two adjoining colonial buildings which used to be home to the popular bar Madam Wong’s on Mohamed Sultan Road. It will also include a hotel on the second floor, with 18 rooms slated to open when they are ready, following the opening of the restaurant.
Enjoy all-day dining in the elegantly decorated space and savour the goodness of Singaporean home cooking by Head Chef Tammie Loke who brings with her decades of experience in entertaining the most discerning guests.
A celebration of traditional Singapore dishes like Char Siew Noodles, Claypot Chicken Rice and Crispy Prawn Rolls, One Bowl faithfully presents these handmade traditional classics from your grandmother’s kitchen to your table. And with almost all items priced below S$15, enjoying your favourite comfort eats just got so much easier.
Their cosy ambience is perfect for both private lunches and also larger gatherings.
Having launched five years ago in early 2012, Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse made an imprint on Singapore’s dining scene by being the only restaurant to serve a 1.2kg charcoal-grilled Bistecca alla Fiorentina Wagyu T-Bone Steak. After five very successful years, the establishment has moved to a new location right next door, replete with an elegant makeover.
Diners will be wowed by the newly outfitted shop-house, combining modern and sleek architecture while preserving several elements of the nearly century-old heritage structure. From cozy booths with an unmatched, intimate dining experience by candlelight and impeccable service; to a modern Tuscan affair at the Chef’s table, adjacent to the open-design kitchen and Fiorentina cellar - Bistecca welcomes patrons looking for a host of different experiences.
Open for dinner daily, and for lunch six days a week, Bistecca’s menu will remain largely unchanged, with a few special additions, leaving regulars filled with anticipation on what surprises Bistecca has in store. The Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a crowd and family favourite, will remain on the menu along with their daily hand-made pastas, made using only egg yolks in the traditional Italian method. Diners can expect new dishes such as the Fettuccini with smoked pimentón pasta, blue swimmer crab, roasted peppers, and lemon butter, giving Bistecca an air of Italian decadence.
Bistecca is known for their F1 Wagyu beef which is pasture raised in the King and Kiew and Valleys of Australia, and organic grain-finished under the highest ethical standards. And in line with their food philosophy, all of their seafood is sustainably sourced, whilst the produce is organic where possible.
Located only five minutes from the Singapore CBD, Bistecca is available for bespoke dining experiences at the Chef’s table overlooking the kitchen, as well as catering to larger groups looking for an entertaining evening at Singapore’s most stylish steakhouse.
To facilitate the relocation, the existing polyclinic at Block 723 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 will be closed from Friday, 26 January 2018. Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic will resume operations on Monday, 29 January 2018 at its new site located at 21 Ang Mo Kio Central 2.
National Healthcare Group Polyclinics (NHGP) forms the primary healthcare arm of the National Healthcare Group (NHG). Its six polyclinics serve a significant proportion of the population in the central and northern parts of Singapore.
NHGP provides a comprehensive range of health services for the family, functioning as a one- stop health centre providing treatment for acute medical conditions, management of chronic diseases, women & child health services and dental care. The focus of NHGP’s care is on health promotion and disease prevention, early and accurate diagnosis, disease management through physician led team-based care as well as enhancing the capability of Family Medicine through research and teaching.
IMC City Link Dental & Medical Clinic is the latest addition to International Medical Consultancy Pte Ltd's group of clinics. They have now a total of 4 clinics located in Singapore & Malaysia and they aim to become the premier healthcare solution provider for their clients and investors.
International Medical Consultancy Pte Ltd was established in 2005 to provide medical solutions to the consumers as well as the healthcare industry. Find out more about their services here.
Kampung Glam is now home to FOMO, a new hipster food court which houses 7 eateries all under one roof.
In synonymous with ‘fear of missing out’, FOMO desires to bring about a collective of various neighbourhood food kakis to satisfy any heart, soul of a true foodie.
Anchored in the heart of Kampong Glam, FOMO is a hip-styled food court which transports its patrons to feast on its unique experience for all senses. From a tropical-paradise themed ambience with Instagrammable facades, private courtyard, local and trendy affordable food choices, to craft beers and wine selections, FOMO is a vibrant destination to be at.
This new 2-hectare test facility will support the Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of AVs – NTU (CETRAN), which was launched on 1 Aug 2016 to spearhead the development of testing requirements for AVs. Together with CETRAN and its partners, LTA will work towards developing the necessary standards and testing regimes for the safe deployment of AVs on our public roads. As there are no existing international test standards or international certification bodies for AVs, CETRAN will anchor Singapore’s position as an industry leader in supporting the testing and eventual widespread deployment of AVs.
Jointly developed by LTA, NTU and JTC, the centre in the Jurong Innovation District will be managed by the Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N).
In order to be integrated onto public roads, AVs need to be tested on their communication with other vehicles, road infrastructure as well as dispatch and routing systems. To facilitate the testing of AV navigation controls in a real-world environment, the test centre is designed to replicate the different elements of Singapore’s roads, with common traffic schemes, road infrastructure, and traffic rules. The circuit also features a rain simulator and flood zone to test AVs’ navigation abilities under different weather conditions.
To monitor the progress of AV testing, LTA has installed a network of seven 360-degrees close circuit television (CCTV) cameras at strategic locations across the test centre. Real-time footage from these cameras will be streamed back to the AutOnomous VehicLe MonItoring and EValuation SystEm (OLIVE) at LTA’s Intelligent Transport Systems Centre. Through OLIVE, LTA will be able to integrate data from AVs and the CCTVs to evaluate the readiness of AVs for public use. Please refer to the Annex for the Test Centre’s layout and detailed features.
The new Tuas Bus Terminal, located along Tuas West Drive is integrated with Tuas MRT Depot, sitting atop the depot building for more productive use of land, and has access ramps for buses leading to Tuas West Drive and Tuas Link 4.
This new terminal is part of LTA’s ongoing efforts to upgrade our bus infrastructure to better serve the needs of commuters. These efforts include constructing new bus interchanges, upgrading existing ones, as well as refurbishing the facilities at older interchanges.
The new Tuas Bus Terminal is equipped with two alighting berths, and one bus-stop style boarding berth to accommodate boarding and alighting activities. It features a priority queue zone and barrier-free toilets to better cater to the needs of the elderly and less mobile. There will also be enhanced facilities for bus captains and staff, including dedicated staff toilets and a staff lounge.
All four bus services currently operating from the existing Tuas Bus Terminal, i.e. Services 192, 193, 247, and 248, will operate from the new Tuas Bus Terminal. With the new terminal, these four bus services will no longer call at Bus Stop 25411 along Tuas West Drive.
The city revolves around you at City Gate; where the CBD and its attractions at Beach Road/Ophir- Rochor areas are brought right up to your doorstep. This is the ultimate lifestyle of convenience that you’ve always desired.
Live above it all in a 30-storey iconic mixed development, away from the daily rush; where 311 exclusive apartments elevate you to a tranquil sanctuary. Bring your senses to higher bliss and experience pure luxury and relaxation.
Experience the privilege of city living, where three levels of retail services are at your service just an elevator ride away. Venturing out, the nearby Kallang Riverside beckons you to soak in the exciting water activities. Minutes away, Marina Bay and Marina South buzz with vibrant leisure and dining possibilities. Be a part of it all, witness a new city centre take shape.
Canberra Station is a new MRT stop on the North-South Line. The North-South Line is Singapore’s first MRT line – parts of it were open in 1987 – but a new Canberra Station will be added to it in 2019.
As the elevated station is being “tagged” onto an existing line, construction will be challenging as the planners have to be mindful of working hours and work spaces.
When the new station opens in 2019, residents in the vicinity will have a direct connection to the MRT network, without the need to take a bus. Commuters travelling towards the city centre or Jurong East will save up to 10 minutes of travelling time.
To better facilitate commuter movement and enhance accessibility, Canberra station is designed with five entrances, with one connected to the new housing estates across Canberra Link. An elevated link bridge to be built across Canberra Link will enable commuters to directly access the city-bound train platform. The new station will also have covered linkways to bus stops, pick-up and drop-off points as well as bicycle parks.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded the first three civil contracts for Circle Line 6 (CCL6) totalling S$1.75 billion. Works on these three contracts are expected to commence by the end of 2017 and complete by 2025.
The 4-kilometre CCL6 will have three stations, and will close the loop for the Circle Line (CCL) by connecting HarbourFront Station to Marina Bay Station. When the CCL6 stations of Keppel, Cantonment and Prince Edward are completed in 2025, the CCL will have a total of 33 stations, including 12 interchange stations with other MRT lines. It will also expand the rail network to areas such as Spottiswoode and the southern edge of our existing CBD.
With CCL6, commuters will enjoy a direct route between areas in the west like Pasir Panjang and Kent Ridge and key employment areas in the Central Business District, as well as upcoming developments in the Marina Bay area. Commuters travelling from areas like Paya Lebar and Mountbatten will also enjoy faster access to the retail and office centres in the HarbourFront area.
As an orbital line, CCL enhances overall connectivity and capacity, and strengthens the resilience of the MRT network by connecting the existing radial lines and creating multiple routes between stations. For example, a commuter travelling from Jurong East to Marina Bay will have the alternate option of transferring to the Circle Line at Buona Vista Station.
To cater to future needs, Kim Chuan Depot will be expanded to almost double its capacity from 70 to 133 trains. The integrated depot will also house 550 buses, which will allow us to optimise land use. The expansion of the depot will be completed at about the same time as CCL6 in 2025.
In addition to greater convenience for commuters with seamless transfers between the new air-conditioned bus interchange and the Bukit Panjang MRT and LRT stations, commuters using the new Bukit Panjang ITH can expect new features to enhance their overall journey experience. The new ITH will also feature several technological innovations to improve workplace safety, for example, a traffic management system to detect and increase bus captains’ visual awareness of bus movements within the bus parking area.
The Bukit Panjang ITH is the first integrated transport hub operated by SMRT Buses, who has invested significantly to ensure a positive travelling experience for commuters using the new ITH.
The Bukit Panjang ITH will take on a different look and feel, with its design and function planned around three key themes: Commuter Centricity, Workforce Oriented and Community Bonding. Please refer to the Annex for a summary of new features at Bukit Panjang ITH.
One of the few features unique to this hub is that commuters can soon borrow items such as portable USB charger, shopping trolley and an umbrella when they travel through the Bukit Panjang ITH. To borrow the items, commuters need to go to the WeCare Shop located near the bus interchange at the ground level of the connected Hillion Mall, also to provide an identity card (to be scanned) and a contact number. They may keep the items for up to three days, after which SMRT employees will contact them to return the things.
The Bukit Panjang ITH is fully equipped with barrier-free facilities which makes it convenient to take public transport, especially for commuters with mobility issues as well as commuters travelling with young children and prams. For example, graduated kerb edges are installed at all boarding berths to facilitate boarding and alighting of buses by passengers in wheelchairs. Bus berths and lifts have also been braille-equipped for the visually impaired.
Priority queues and accompanying seats will also be demarcated for seniors, less mobile and expectant mothers to rest and wait at, so that they can be accorded priority boarding for their buses.
All new and upcoming ITHs and Bus Interchanges developed from 2014 are also designed with standalone nursing rooms which comes with diaper changing amenities and a wash basin.
The Downtown Line 3 (DTL3) will open on 21 October 2017, making it the longest underground and driverless MRT line in Singapore, surpassing the 35.7km Circle Line (CCL). The completed DTL which will be 42km long will facilitate direct travel from the north-western and eastern areas of the island to the Central Business District (CBD) and Marina Bay areas, providing greater connectivity to residential, industrial and lifestyle enclaves.
DTL1 with six stations from Chinatown to Bugis opened on 22 December 2013 and DTL2 with 12 stations from Bukit Panjang to Rochor opened on 27 December 2015. The DTL3 Extension from Expo to Sungei Bedok, an additional 2.2km, will open in 2024.
The 21-kilometre long DTL3 comprises 16 stations and is the longest stretch of the Downtown Line to be opened. DTL3 includes three interchange stations at MacPherson, Tampines, and Expo. The MacPherson interchange station links DTL3 to the CCL, while the latter two stations connect the line to the East-West Line (EWL), providing commuters greater accessibility to the rest of the island and significantly shortening their travelling time. There are eight Civil Defence shelters on DTL3, namely Geylang Bahru, Bedok North, Bedok Reservoir, Tampines West, Tampines, Tampines East, Upper Changi and Expo.
The first 10 stations from Fort Canning to Bedok North have achieved their Temporary Occupation Permit status while final fitting out works are currently in progress at the last six stations.
Going car-lite in the Jurong Lake District (JLD), Singapore’s second Central Business District, is now easier with the completion of a 15km dedicated cycling path network.
JLD is the 8th intra-town cycling path network in Singapore. This is part of the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) long term plan to progressively construct dedicated cycling path networks in all HDB towns to enhance first and last mile connections.
With the new cycling path network, residents can cycle more safely and seamlessly from their homes to public transport nodes or their offices in the vicinity. The cycling path network will also enable families and groups of cyclists to explore the scenic Jurong Lake Gardens all the way to Taman Jurong via the existing park connector.
By end 2020, the JLD cycling path network will also be integrated with the neighbouring Taman Jurong estate, which will have its own cycling path network.
To complement the cycling path network, LTA has been increasing bicycle parking facilities in JLD. The bicycle parking capacity at Chinese Garden and Lakeside MRT stations has been ramped up by close to 50 per cent since 2014, bringing the total capacity at both stations to more than 600 lots. LTA will continue to monitor the demand of bicycle parking in Jurong, and look at enhancing the provision of parking facilities at various locations such as the major transport nodes.
It will become easier to go car-lite in the city, with the transformation of Bencoolen Street, and as the Government lines up a series of other infrastructural projects and initiatives to make walking, cycling, and riding public transport more pleasant and conducive.
Bencoolen Street has been revitalised, with 2 of the 4 original car lanes converted into wider walking spaces for pedestrians, and a dedicated cycling path. Pedestrians can now enjoy the lush greenery along the open walkway, and take comfortable walks using the sheltered link-ways connecting various transport nodes to nearby developments, such as Manulife Centre and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).
To inject vibrancy into the streetscape, the Urban Redevelopment Authoriry (URA) and Land Transport Authority (LTA) collaborated with students and alumni from NAFA to design and install a series of unique benches that line Bencoolen Street today. More than 125 new bicycle parking lots have also been installed at key destinations along the street.
The dedicated cycling path along Bencoolen Street will connect to existing and future cycling routes all over Singapore. The Bencoolen Street cycling path will link up to Queenstown-City to the west, Bishan-City and the North South Corridor to the north, and the Central Area cycling network to the south. The Central Area cycling network extends from the Marina Bay area, and connects to the eastern part of Singapore via the East Coast Park.
The Sentosa Gateway Tunnel will open on Thursday, 27 April 2017 at 10am. It is a one-way tunnel that connects outbound traffic from Sentosa Island directly to Keppel Road and Lower Delta Road.
The Tunnel will help to alleviate the current congestion experienced at the busy at-grade junctions at Sentosa Gateway, Telok Blangah Road, Kampong Bahru Road and Lower Delta Road.
As the SGT is in close proximity to the North East Line MRT tunnels and the West Coast Highway viaduct foundations, it was constructed with a limited headroom of 3.5m. In view of the height constraints, only cars and motorcycles will be permitted to use the tunnel.
Buses, heavy and light goods vehicles such as pickups, vans and lorries etc. can continue using the at-grade roads towards Telok Blangah Road to reach their destinations.
The Singapore Rail Academy (SGRA) is a set-up within the Land Transport Authority and was launched last month to serve as a platform for training and development opportunities.
It currently has a workforce of over 7,000 in railway operations and maintenance, of whom more than half are engineers and technicians. To support the expansion of the rail network to 360km by the year 2030, it is estimated that an additional workforce of 5,000 and other capabilities will be required to meet the demand.
The Academy will be working with rail operators and Institutes of Higher Learning to deepen rail engineering capabilities.
LTA also announced the opening of the Transportation Systems Lab and Systems Engineering Lab in Singapore Institute of Technology. These two labs support SGRA’s functions to enhance laboratory-based teaching and learning, and enable application-focused research on systems engineering, modelling and simulation.
These labs would be used as classrooms to conduct courses and training for students of the SIT Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Land) degree programme, SIT-DigiPen Systems Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems) degree programme as well as practising engineers. In addition, the Transportation Systems Lab serves as the key simulation lab for SIT’s Telematics (Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineering) degree programme and the Systems Engineering Lab will also be used for specialised training in systems engineering and project management.
The Tuas Viaduct is Singapore’s first twin-tier road-rail integrated viaduct, and is part of the Tuas West Extension project. The Land Transport Authority will open the Tuas Viaduct from 6am on Saturday, 18 February 2017, to enhance transport connectivity to businesses in Tuas.
The 4.8km viaduct will provide a faster route to Tuas South by allowing motorists to bypass Pioneer Road. The completed viaduct provides better transport connections for the future Tuas Port, and other upcoming industrial developments within the area.
This ambitious project saw several construction challengs such as the diversion of major utilities serving Tuas and piling for the support columns that went as deep as 60m into the ground.
A new bus interchange will be opening in Tampines on Dec 18, offering residents more bus services and improved connectivity. It will also have features that are elderly- and disabled-friendly. Land Transport Authority (LTA) said that the new interchange is part of the authority's efforts to create a more inclusive and family-friendly public transport system.
Connected via a 250m barrier-free sheltered walkway, the new bus interchange will complement the operations at the current Tampines Bus Interchange. In line with the Government's move to improve first-and-last-mile connectivity for public transport, Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange will also have 40 bicycle lots for commuters who cycle there.
The HomesToLife flagship store at Mohamed Sultan Road is a one-stop shop solution which provides a special curation of home lifestyle brands and collections all under one roof.
Each and every one of their handpicked home lifestyle pieces from distinguished brands reflects the high quality and functionality that are the essence of their homestolife heritage. The pieces that tug at your heartstrings are the ones that will turn your home into a definitive statement of you and everything that matters in your world. Move towards them. Feel them, touch them. Then let your mind take over and visualise them in your universe. Hold on to that vision. There’s no hurry. Relish that image as you delight in a cuppa at their in-house café.
Like the Bugis Village flagship restaurant, House of Roasted Duck at Sultan Plaza promises to bring to you the familiar taste of Hong Kong with its traditional and authentic Hong Kong style roasted delights such as Signature Peking Duck, Peking Duck – 2 Styles, Crispy Roasted Pork, Soy Sauce Chicken and a range of Hong Kong delicacies such as Congee and Noodles together with an assortment of Cantonese Dim Sum and Side Dishes.
At the helm of House of Roasted Duck is Head Chef Lau Wai Keung, a native Hong Konger with close to 40 years of local and overseas experience. Previously Barbecue Cook No. 1 with The Excelsior Hotel & Convention Centre Hong Kong, Chef Lau is a roasted delights connoisseur who is set to wow the crowd at Bugis Village and Sultan Plaza with his signature dishes. What’s more, with no service charge, customers can enjoy great value while indulging in the authentic flavours of Hong Kong at House of Roasted Duck!
Hotel Boss will be opening soon in the upcoming Rocher Canal area.
Hotel Boss offers a variety of accommodation options that cater to the needs of modern business and leisure travellers. With 1,500 modern contemporary designed guest rooms and eleven room types, ranging from Standard, Superior, Twin, Triple, Family to Premier, you will be spoilt for choice.
All rooms are equipped with complimentary high-speed WiFi access, internet-connected 32” LED TV with cable channels, USB charging port, electronic safe, mini fridge, coffee and tea making facilities, drinking water, hairdryer, dental kit and toiletries.
FRESH! is a laid-back bar that serves a good mix of clever cocktails and crafty liquor blends, as well as good beers and other premium pours.
Located on the second floor of The Sultan, it pays homage to the chill vibes and head-bobbing music of the 90s and early 00s. It is unreserved and unapologetic when it comes to serving a truly fun night, and FRESH! is where you want to “put your hands in the air and wave 'em like you just don’t care”. It is the antithesis of pretentiousness and wants to be the place where all you need to do is simply get a drink, converse and have a good time.
On Friday and Saturday nights, the music gets turned up and FRESH! will have you grooving along to the jams that we all once rocked out to.
Established in 1995, Eagle’s Eye Art Gallery represents many regional artists of international reputations.They promote art that espouses the enduring values of humanity and their heritage. They have a collection from local artists who are deeply entrenched in their Asian heritage and yet cosmopolitan in outlook. They are passionate about art with social narratives, which illustrate the joys and struggles of humanity.
Eagle’s Eye Art Gallery is art consultant and supplier of fine art to Governments, Statutory boards, Royalties, Diplomats and MNCs. Heralding a new beginning, they have a brand new look. They will continue the same friendly services Corporate Art Consultancy, Art Restoration and Framing, Art Valuation, Art Print Services and Gift Wrapping.
They art pieces are marked with the seal of professionalism by Koeh Sia Yong, Chua Mia Tee, Tay Bak Koi, Goh Beng Kwan, Lee Boon Wang, Tan Choh Tee, Choo Keng Kwang, Thang Kiang How, Tung Yue Nang, Lai Kui Fang, Michael Tan, Wan Soon kam, Choy Moo Kheong, Alex Leong, Lui Cheng Thak, Patrick Teo, Andrew Yeo, Lye Yau Fatt, Ching Kek How, Christine Mak and other artistic geniuses from Singapore and Asia. A fusion of eastern sensibilities and western aesthetics are seen in these oil, mixed media and watercolour paintings.
ArtBlue Studio has opened a new space in the heart of the vibrant Tiong Bahru neighbourhood.
Founded and headed by Phuong Nguyen, a Vietnamese national, residing in Singapore, they strive to provide a bespoke, personalized service which is unparalleled.
Their personal connections with many of Vietnamese’s most established and up-and-coming artists, combined with their personal approach, ensure that they can to offer you the best possible access to some of the most exciting artworks coming out of Vietnam.
Their philosophy is to work closely with museums, galleries and private clients to ensure satisfaction. This is achieved through one-on-one consultations, private viewings and regular invitation-only viewings events.
South Korea’s The Shilla Duty Free has opened across Changi Airport's three terminals and stocks 182 brands.
Approximately 80 of these brands are completely new to the airport, while 26 are reported to be exclusive and unavailable anywhere else in Singapore. Among the brands exclusive to Singapore are Aromatica and Jean Louis Scherrer Perfume. Shilla has also introduced more than 35 Korean brands.
Shilla also announced that by June a new double-storey outlet in terminal 3 will provide facials and beauty consultations.