Accessing the Rail Corridor:
50 ways to the Singapore's Rail Corridor
Institution: The City Form Lab at Singapore University of Technology and Design
Project Team/Credits: Andres Sevtsuk, Onur Ekmekci
The Singapore Rail Corridor is a 26km long right-of-way that used to route trains from the Malaysian Peninsula to Singapore for almost a century. A continuous and seamless corridor, it runs through the whole island of Singapore along the north-south axis, from Woodlands in the north to Tanjong Pagar in the south. In 2011, the Keretapi Tanah Melayu(KTM) railway company, owned at the time by the Malaysian government, ceased operations and the railways lands reverted back to the Government of Singapore, which is now evaluating its conversion to a green space for recreation and non-vehicular commuting. The combined area of the rail corridor is approximately 173.7 hectares – three times the size of Botanical Gardens. But as a former foreign-owned rail right-of-way, the rail corridor has grown separate from the city, with very limited connectivity to the surrounding built environment and people. Since the re-opening of the corridor to the public in 2012, there has been intense interest over the future potential of the site (Peng and Hong 2011, Yong 2010). While no specific plans describing how the site is going to be developed have yet been released by Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the Government of Singapore has expressed intention to study the “possibility of maintaining a continuous green link along the Rail Corridor without affecting the development potential of the lands”. Regardless of what the future holds for the corridor, one can hardly overstate the importance of the site for enhancing liveability in Singapore. The sites passed by the corridor contain numerous housing estates, businesses, MRT and bus stops and important cultural institutions in close distance. A great number of residents and employees could potentially benefit from the corridor being developed into a long and seamless park. Enhancing accessibility to the corridor from the surrounding areas will play a crucial role in developing the site. A better-accessed and less restricted corridor would lead to a better integration with the surrounding built environment, maximizing opportunities for people to go to work by bicycle, on foot or even run. This study investigated how the connectivity of the corridor to surrounding people can be improved via strategically positioned connections to the corridor -- pathways, bridges, stairs, ramps and extensions to the surrounding street. We evaluate which locations along the 26km corridor would provide most benefit in improved accessibility for residents, workers and commuters around the corridor. The study provides an empirical understanding of what urban activities are distributed along the rail corridor and which of them are best positioned for integration with the rail corridor redevelopment.
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