Category Archives: Upp East Coast/Bayshore

Properties to be acquired for the new TEL line

The latest addition to Singapore’s rail network is a 13km, nine-station line tracing the east coast shoreline.

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew announced this during a visit to the Marina South Pier Station, which is an extension of the North-south Line that is expected to open later this year. Mr Lui said the new line – originally called the Eastern Region Line – is scheduled for completion by 2024, and expected to cost $6.8 billion.

The line is an extension of the Thomson Line and will head east through areas such as Tanjong Rhu, Marine Parade and Siglap and terminate at the world’s first four-in-one depot in Bedok South.

The project will however involve 24,136.4 sq m of land being acquired. Six houses along Amber Road and a three-storey walk-up apartment block at 443-447 Tanjong Katong Road will be fully acquired.

Eight partial lots will also be acquired. This includes part of the land that condominium Laguna Park along Marine Parade Road sits and part of the land that St Patrick’s School sits on.

Other partial lots being acquired are along Tanjung Rhu Road, Meyer Road, East Coast Road and Changi South Street 2 and 3.

The bulk of the acquisition, however, will come from Laguna Golf & Country Club which will have to give up 17,656 sq m.

Panoramic shot of the walk up apartment with a provision shop along Tanjong Katong Road (right) and the cluster of six semi-detached houses (left) along Amber Road that will make way for Amber Station on the upcoming East Coast Line as seen on Aug 15, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

The cluster of six semi-detached houses along Amber Road that will make way for Amber Station as seen on Aug 15, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM 
An individual unit of the cluster of six semi-detached houses along Amber Road that will make way for Amber Station as seen on Aug 15, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
An individual unit of the cluster of six semi-detached houses along Amber Road that will make way for Amber Station as seen on Aug 15, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
An individual unit of the cluster of six semi-detached houses along Amber Road that will make way for Amber Station as seen on Aug 15, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Eastern Region Line finally announced — Thomson East Coast Line

Singapore’s sixth rail line will start at Woodlands before heading towards the East Coast, and will have 31 stations spanning about 43km, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew announces. New stations include Marine Parade, Siglap and Tanjong Rhu.

The country’s sixth rail line – the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) – will be fully operational by 2024, the Land Transport Authority announced on Friday (Aug 15).

The previously-announced Eastern Region Line and the Thomson Line will be joined to form the single, continuous line, which will span about 43 kilometres with a total of 31 stations, seven of which will be interchanges.

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew, speaking at a visit to the soon-to-open Marina South Pier Station on Friday, said that when fully operational in 2024, the TEL will serve about 500,000 commuters daily. This could rise to 1 million passengers daily in the longer term.


The line will provide direct connectivity for commuters in the north and the east of Singapore – starting at Woodlands and heading south through the Central Business District, then turning east at Gardens by the Bay station and travelling along a East Coast stretch that will be fully underground.

One of the nine stations on this stretch will serve as an interchange with Downtown Line 3 Extension (DTL3e) – a 2.2km line consisting of two stations, meant to improve accessibility to the Changi Business Park and Expo areas.

The East Coast stretch will also cover areas not currently served by the rail network such as Siglap, Marine Parade, Upper East Coast and Bedok South. Seven of the stations, from Tanjong Rhu to Bayshore, will be ready by 2023, while remainder of the line, as well as the DTL3e, will be completed the year after.

Also scheduled for completion in 2024 is a new 36-hectare depot, touted by the LTA as “the world’s first four-in-one train and bus depot”. The new structure will be able to house a total of 220 trains for the TEL, DTL and East West Line, as well as 550 buses.

To build the line, the Government will need to require six land properties along Amber Road and one three-storey apartment along Tanjong Katong Road, as well as nine partial lots elsewhere. The Singapore Land Authority on Friday gazetted the properties affected by acquisition, and said it would work closely with landowners throughout the process.


The LTA said that with the TEL, someone going from the East Coast to Orchard MRT station will have his travel time cut by half an hour, from 75 minutes to 45 minutes. A Republic Polytechnic student will be able to travel to Marine Parade in an hour, 20 minutes faster than the current bus ride would take.

Also, stations along the TEL will see longer underpasses of up to 400m long, as part of efforts to improve “first and last mile connectivity”, particularly for the elderly and children, the LTA said. Four of the stations along the East Coast stretch will also see Singapore’s first underground bicycle parks.

DTL3nTEL Eastern Region Line

CNA’s “FootPrints” on Eurasians

CNA footprints eurasians

A series of documentaries highlighting the heritage of the four major races in Singapore, this episode illustrates the stories of the unique race of Eurasians, a community embracing the dilemma and adventures of two worlds, Europe and Asia. In this episode, Katong area was featured heavily here about how the Eurasian community helped to build up this estate with churches and schools.

The children of two empires, Europe and Asia, the Eurasians were among the first to have laid their footprints in Singapore. But as Singapore’s Eurasian community diminishes, tales of its storied culture buried beneath the sands of time are begging to be told.

Through their journey of heartbreaks and triumphs, we relive the glory days of the past and unravel their tales of resilience.


Bedok residents to get healthcare and sports facilities under one roof

Come 2017, residents in Bedok can look forward to a one-stop centre that will house facilities for healthcare, community activities and sports. The new Bedok Integrated Complex will not just offer different facilities, but also integrated programmes for residents.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the complex was held on Saturday morning (July 26). The new complex has been drumming up excitement in Bedok. Sitting on a site which is the size of three football fields, the integrated hub in Bedok boasts five facilities to cater to families of all ages.

The complex will be built on the current Bedok Adventure Park along Bedok North Street 1. A revamped community club – the Kampong Chai Chee Community Club – will offer music, cooking and arts activities. A sports centre meanwhile will feature five swimming pools, as well as six sheltered tennis courts, and fitness studios.

There will also be a public library and a polyclinic. While those four facilities will be relocated into the complex, a new eldercare centre will be specially built. The eldercare centre will integrate both health and social care services to support the needs of seniors in the community.The various facilities will not just be housed together in the complex, but are also going to work together to create integrated programmes for residents, be it for health, community or sport.

Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development Lee Yi Shyan said: “If you look at it from the polyclinic’s point of view, we know they see a lot of chronic cases, people with hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes and so on. And some of these will require a change in their daily exercises, their daily activity levels, their meals.”

“So the Community Club can conduct classes, for example, on healthy cooking, on dietary control. The sports facilities can organise programmes, maybe water aerobics, maybe water cycling to get some of our people to be more active,” added Mr Lee, who is also MP for East Coast GRC and Grassroots Adviser to the GRC.

Plans for the complex were first announced in 2011 as part of HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland plans for the East Coast area. Since then, 11,000 residents have been surveyed and encouraged to share their ideas for the new building. One thing was clear – a single location for family activities was preferred.

Chitra Manikam, a Bedok resident, said: “When we want to go for swimming and all these things, we had to take a feeder bus down. And when we want to go to the gym, we had to take a feeder bus down. But now since it’s centralised, it’s near the interchange and everything, I think it’s more convenient.”

Another Bedok resident, Narziah Abdul Shakor, said: “Being in one of the oldest towns, I think it (the complex) really brings a new facelift to our area, I think that’s a good boost to everyone. ”

Facilities will be relocated into the new complex in phases, but there will not be any temporary suspension of their current services. The complex is expected to benefit about 250,000 East Coast residents.

Indians overtook Indonesians among foreign property buyers

Something unexpected has taken place in the second quarter of the year – Indonesians’ share of private home purchases here by permanent residents and foreigners sank to a fresh low.

So much so that Indians zoomed past to emerge as the third largest group of non-Singaporean buyers in the quarter. Indonesians came in fourth.

In absolute numbers, though, purchases by both nationalities increased quarter on quarter amid an across-the-board rise in private home transactions, according to a DTZ analysis of URA Realis caveats data.

In the April-June period, Indonesians bought 95 private homes, a 13.1 per cent rise from 84 a quarter earlier. This gave them an 11 per cent share of the 834 units acquired in Q2 by PRs and foreign buyers – the lowest recorded in the URA Realis database that dates back to Q1 1995.