Future Cross Island Line to cut travel time by up to 70 mins

Romesh Navaratnarajah28 Jan 2019

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Phase 1 of the Cross Island Line has been finalised with 12 MRT stations passing through areas such as Changi, Loyang, Pasir Ris, Hougang and Ang Mo Kio.

Construction work on Phase I of the highly-anticipated Cross Island Line (CRL) is poised to commence in 2020, with completion targeted by 2029, reported TodayOnline.

CRL’s first phase, which will span 29 kilometres, is expected to benefit over 100,000 households and reduce travel time by 50 to 70 minutes, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan during a site visit to the upcoming Bright Hill MRT station on Friday (25 Jan).

Phase I will comprise 12 MRT stations commencing from Changi’s Aviation Park to Bright Hill in Bishan. The stations in between are located in Loyang, Pasir Ris East, Pasir Ris, Tampines North, Defu, Hougang, Serangoon North, Tavistock, Ang Mo Kio and Teck Ghee.

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For the CRL’s Phase I, the government intends to partially acquire eight properties based on the prevailing market price. But there is unlikely to be any major impact to owners, occupants and residents as the acquisitions will only affect ancillary facilities like footpaths.

No relocation will be needed and no structures will be torn down, noted the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Singapore Land Authority (SLA), adding that residents, occupants and property owners can continue to use the ancillary facilities until 31 January 2020.

Aside from industrial spaces, the eight properties to be partially acquired include Loyang Valley Condominium in Loyang Avenue, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery at Bright Hill Road and Ang Mo Kio Hub in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3.

Khaw revealed that the CRL will be built in three phases. Based on the 2013 Transport Master Plan, the entire project will have an overall length of around 50km and is targeted to be fully operational by 2030.

Aside from connecting the eastern, western, and northeastern parts of Singapore, the Cross Island Line could also be linked to Changi Airport. However, the government is still looking into that option, as well as conducting research on the alignments for the second and third phases.

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Romesh Navaratnarajah, Senior Editor at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact him about this or other stories, email romesh@propertyguru.com.sg


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