Saturday, June 19, 2010

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station - now you see it, soon you may not...

The Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, located along Keppel Road, is the port of call for trains heading to and from Singapore. Constructed in 1932, it is the terminus for the West Coast line of the KTM (Keretapi Tanah Melayu) Railway line. The two prime ministers, PM Lee Hsien Loong and Dutuk Seri Najib Razak have agreed to move the existing railway station from Tanjong Pagar to the Woodlands train checkpoint by July next year.

After the relocation, the land owned by Malayan Railway in Singapore would be jointly developed. Six parcels are involved - one parcel each at Tanjong Pagar, Kranji and Woodlands, and three in Bukit Timah. There is an option, however, to swop these parcels of land for land of equivalent value in the Marina South and Ophir-Rochor areas.

The joint development of the land parcels, including the railway land, will be undertaken by a company to be set up by the end of this year. To be called M-S Pte Ltd, the company will be 60% owned by Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the investment holding arm of Malaysia and the remainded 40% will be held by Singapore investment company, Temasek Holdings.

I'm more concerned about the fate of this railway station. Will the facade be retained? What about the bits and pieces in the building...???

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