Category Archives: Keretapi
As a result of the closure of the Tanjong Pagar and the Bukit Timah railway stations, the train now stops at terminates at the CIQ complex in Woodlands. The government of Singapore has indicated that there would be more buses routed to the train station to move more people to the closest MRT station.
The Singapore Johor rail connection which is said to be completed in 2018 will (may) connect Republic Polytechnic to JB Sentral as per reports from several news agencies from both Malaysia and Singapore.
A smarter approach as far as I am concerned would be to use land beside Woodlands Road to extend the KTM track South by 1.5 kM so that it would be closer to the MRT. The terminating building could always house the CIQ and possibly a museum of culture as well.
The tourism potential from the museum will also help in attracting more tourists to Singapore and by having the terminating station closer to the Kranji MRT, transfer times will be reduced and both KTM and MRT and both Singapore and Malaysia’s economy will do better as a result.
This idea may or may not be feasible considering the mature trees which line the route that I propose and right of way and security issues. I am proposing something which would have lower investment and higher return over the long term.
With the Royal Tour in full swing in Canada I almost forgot about the closing of the grand Tanjong Pagar railway station in Singapore. As a result of the closure the Bukit Timah station will also be closed.
The Sultan of Johor DYMM Sultan Ibrahim Ismail drove the last train to Johor Bahru from Tanjung Pagar with a brief stop in Woodlands to inspect the new checkpoint.
The Malaysian immigration will be relocated to Woodlands and is in operation. Under the POA from Sept 2010 Malaysia has received 4 parcels of land with a 60% controlling stake in Singapore in exchange for the land occupied by KTM.
It was a sad day for some and a new beginning for others. KTM nonetheless had it’s unique South East Asian charm and that will be missed.