Since its industrialisation, Boon Lay has grown into a self-sufficient town that is served by buses, three MRT stations – Boon Lay MRT, Lakeside MRT and Pioneer MRT – and two expressways, Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) and Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE). In December 2009, Boon Lay welcomed a new air-conditioned bus interchange that links it to Boon Lay MRT station via Jurong Point 2 shopping centre. Also known as the Boon Lay integrated transport hub, the new 20,000 sq m interchange has the capacity to hold 60 buses with 31 boarding and alighting berths. From the bus interchange, residents can do some shopping at Jurong Point before hopping onto Boon Lay MRT station which is located about 390 m away.
In anticipation for Boon Lay’s next transformation, the new Jurong Region Line (JRL) will connect it to future developments in Tengah as well as main activity hubs such as Jurong Industrial Estate, Jurong Innovation District (JID), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Jurong Lake District. When completed in 2028, it will provide residents of Choa Chu Kang, Boon Lay and Jurong an alternative route that will connect them to the North South and East West Lines as well as directly to the future KL-Singapore High Speed Rail project.
Over the years, various road enhancements have been undertaken in Boon Lay to further improve accessibility. They include the construction of new slip road from Jurong West Avenue 2 to Corporation Road, the construction of new road from Jurong West Street 41 to Boon Lay Way and Wenya Drive and Wenya Avenue, junction improvements at Boon Lay Way, Yuan Ching Road, Jurong West Street 51, Jurong West Avenue 1 and Jurong West Street 51 and Jurong West Street 52 and road improvements at Yuan Ching Road, Corporation Road, Pan-Island Expressway from Kranji Expressway to Bukit Batok Road, Jalan Boon Lay and Jalan Bahar. Meanwhile, improvement works were at the Kranji Expressway-Pan-Island Expressway corridor with a ‘reversible flow’ traffic scheme.
Transportation options in Boon Lay
Residents of Boon Lay can hop onto the bus or the MRT stations that will connect them to the rest of the island. They can take the East West Line to Jurong East MRT station that will get them directly to Jurong Lake District, Jurong Gateway, Jems, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, Big Box, IMM Building and JCube before changing to the North East Line that will take them to Choa Chu Kang, Woodlands, Bishan and Dhoby Ghaut MRT stations. From there, they can transfer to the Bukit Panjang LRT line, Thomson East Coast Line, Circle Line and North East Line respectively.
Alternatively, commuters can travel directly to the central business district via Raffles Place MRT or change to the Circle Line at Bouna Vista MRT station that will take them towards HarbourFront. Should they need to hop onto the Downtown Line, they can ride towards Botanic Gardens, MacPherson, Promenade and Bayfront MRT stations. They can also change to the Thomson East Coast Line, North South Line and North East Line at Caldecott, Bishan and Serangoon MRT stations respectively.
Come 2028, commuters can look forward to the full completion of the Jurong Region Line (JRL) which will offer them an alternative route to the North South Line and East West Line. For instance, Jurong East MRT station will serve as an interchange station that will connect them to the North South Line while Boon Lay MRT station will be upgraded to an interchange station that will connect them to the East West Line.
MRT and LRT stations in Boon Lay
In addition, Boon Lay is seamlessly connected to Boon Lay Bus Interchange via the Boon Lay integrated transport hub within Jurong Point 2. A total of 11 bus routes and 15 feeder bus services originate from the bus interchange.
Bus interchanges in Boon Lay
Motorists can use either the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) or Pan-Island Expressway which will connect them to Kranji Expressway (KPE) and Central Expressway (CTE) respectively. From Kranji Expressway (KPE), they can then get to the Bukit Timah Expressway before exiting to the Seletar Expressway (SLE). Meanwhile, they can get to the downtown area via the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) followed by the Marina Coastal Expressway. Alternatively, they can exit to the East Coast Parkway (ECP) that will take them all the way to Changi Airport.
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While Boon Lay is located all the way in western Singapore, it enjoys good connectivity to the rest of the island via an extensive road, expressway, MRT and bus networks. This will be further enhanced with the upcoming Jurong Region Line (JRL) that will link it to Choa Chu Kang, Tengah, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the industrial estates next to Jurong Hill Park.
With the government’s plans to transform Boon Lay into a gateway district, Boon Lay’s time to shine is finally coming thanks to the development of Jurong Lake District, Jurong Innovation District (JID), the tourism hub and the KL-Singapore High Speed Rail project. This decentralisation strategy to turn it into a commercial, residential and industrial enclave will make Boon Lay an attractive draw among prospective home buyers.