Properties on the East Coast, especially Vanilla Condo, will benefit the Thomson East Coast line, from the recently announced MRT Line. For quite a long time, the Tanjong Katong, Marine Parade, Siglap, Bedok South communities have been relying on either buses or private transportation. Eventually, an MRT line is coming to their doorsteps that is capable to bring them to the CBD is a brief time, equivalent to traveling on the ECP.
Vanilla Condo @ East Coast to benefit from the TEP MRT
A BRAND NEW addition to the expanding railway network of Singapore was declared – a 13km, nine-station line tracing the east shore shoreline which, for the first time, will enable picnickers to get to East Coast Park by MRT.
Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew revealed the plans at the Marina South Pier station – an extension of the North-South Line which will open shortly. He said the eastern leg of the TEL is expected to cost $6.8 billion.
Journey layout studies show that this corridor accounts for the bulk of morning peak period volume.
First declared by Communications Minister Yeo Cheow Tong in 2001, the eastern leg of the TEL will go through areas for example Marine Parade, Tanjong Rhu and Siglap. It will serve several residential estates, like condominiums in Tanjong Rhu and Bayshore, Housing Board flats in Marine Parade and Bedok South, and low-rise developments in Amber and Tanjong Katong roads.
New Condo @ East Coast
Schools near the line comprise St Patrick’s, Tao Nan, CHIJ Katong, Victoria School and St Andrew’s Autism School. The line will also serve commercial and recreational facilities, such as Parkway Parade shopping centre and the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Using present pedestrian underpasses, commuters will be able to get to East Coast Park, which is currently not near any MRT line.
The line will be the first in Singapore to offer underground bicycle parks at stations in Marine Parade, Marine Terrace, Bayshore and Sungei Bedok.
Stations from Tanjong Rhu to Bayshore will be completed by 2023, while Bedok South and Sungei Bedok stations will be ready by 2024 – along with a massive storehouse to be constructed next to the existing East-West Line depot in Upper Changi.
The facility will hold 220 trains from the East-West Downtown, and Thomson -East Coast lines, together with 550 buses.
At its eastern point, the TEL will have an interchange with Downtown Line 3, which will go by 2.2km and have a station in Xilin. This extension will be finished by 2024. The TEL may eventually be extended to join Changi Airport’s planned Terminal 5.
Bids are anticipated to be called with construction starting in 2016.
The project will demand more than 24,000 sq m of property to be acquired. The Singapore Land Authority said industrial and residential properties account for just about a quarter of that.
Mr Kevin Kwee, the club’s executive director, said the groundskeeping building, greenhouse and service areas will need to be transferred.
But overall, the development “should be highly positive” as the club will have access to two MRT stations – Xilin and Sungei Bedok.