The Rail Corridor is a former railway line that stretches 24km north to south of Singapore. Now a “green corridor”, it will be transformed into a community space by 2021.
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The Rail Corridor was formerly a railway line that was used for commuting and transfer of goods between Singapore and Malaysia. In 2011, the railway land was returned to Singapore and plans were made to use this continuous open space for the community.
It Starts At The Railway Corridor (Central)
The Railway Corridor Central is a highly accessible stretch, anchored at each end by the Hillview and King Albert park Downtown Line MRT stations.
Within this stretch you will find the Bukit Timah Railway Station and 2 steel truss railway bridges. It's proximity to the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve makes it home to a variety of flora and fauna.
Keeping History And Enhancing Nature
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The Bukit Timah Railway Station and the 2 steel truss railway bridges have been gazetted for conservation.
The bridges will be refurbished to prolong their lifespan and make it more accessible. The Bukit Timah Railway Station and its surroundings will be enhanced as a community node include restoring and repurposing the conserved Railway Station as a heritage gallery, planting species that were commonly found in a 1960s kampong, and providing amenities such as toilets and bicycle racks.
The enhancement works to the Bukit Timah Railway Station will be complete by mid-2022.
Through the planting of suitable flora, families may also expect different landscapes within the Rail Corridor (Central), this includes a Ridgeline experience, Rainforest experience, and Kampung Garden experience.
The habitat of existing flora and fauna will also be enhanced to create a conducive environment for wildlife to thrive and to strengthen the ecological connection with the adjacent green spaces.
How To Get To The Bukit Timah Railway Station?
By public transport: Get off at King Albert Park MRT Station or the bus stop near KAP Mall and walk against the traffic along Bukit Timah Road. You will come to a dirt road opening, and you can walk along the dirt road to reach the old railway station.
By driving: Park at the KAP Mall, and walk against the traffic along Bukit Timah Road. You will come to a dirt road opening, and you can walk along the dirt road to reach the old railway station.
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