SINGAPORE – The Singapore Government announced that the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) terminus will be located at the current site of Jurong Country Club (JCC) in Jurong East.
The terminus will take up about 12 hectares, or about 20 per cent of the JCC site.
In a joint statement issued here yesterday by the Land Transport Authority (LTS) and Singapore Land Authority and Urban Redevelopment Authority, the site will also be comprehensively re-developed for new mixed-use developments and community facilities to serve Jurong residents, HSR passengers and visitors.
At the 6th Singapore-Malaysia Leaders’ Retreat on May 5, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the HSR terminus in Singapore would be located in Jurong East.
This is in line with the Government’s vision to develop Jurong into a second Central Business District and as a new gateway to Singapore.
In view of Singapore’s land constraints, the statement said the Government had sought to minimise HSR’s land take here.
The JCC site is ideal due to its high connectivity, with close proximity to the existing two MRT lines (East-West and North-South Lines) at Jurong East MRT station, new MRT lines (the Jurong Region Line and Cross Island Line) being planned around the area, as well as the future integrated transport hub in Jurong East.
The terminus will also be located close to Jurong Gateway, which is already shaping up well as a vibrant mixed-use precinct.
Hence, the terminus location is compatible with the surrounding land uses, and well-supported by infrastructure and amenities.
The decision to site the HSR terminus at Jurong East dovetails with the Government’s plans to develop Jurong East.
Concurrently, for the HSR, the Government will conduct a detailed engineering study to finalise the station footprint and alignment.
Details will be announced when ready. – BERNAMA