Rail Corridor

The Rail Corridor was formerly a railway line that was used for commuting and transporting goods between Singapore and the rest of the Malay Peninsula at the beginning of the 20th century. With the return of railway land to Singapore in 2011, the Rail Corridor forms a continuous open space through the heart of Singapore, and presents an opportunity for communities to shape this space, and forge new memories together.

Rail Corridor (Central)

Over the past seven years, URA has actively engaged the public extensively through various platforms to seek feedback and suggestions on the future of the Rail Corridor.  Many ideas and feedback on how to shape our Rail Corridor were received, and a Concept Master Plan was developed to bring these ideas to fruition. 

Rail Corridor (Central) is a 4 km stretch between the Hillview area and the conserved Bukit Timah Railway Station. It is a popular stretch known for its natural surroundings, railway heritage structures, and proximity to several nature and recreational attractions.  

In 2016, URA organised a series of community exhibitions and workshops, and reached out to residents and stakeholders in neighbourhoods along the entire length of the Rail Corridor to seek their views on how the proposals can best meet their needs. The community’s feedback has been taken on board to refine the concept ideas for Rail Corridor (Central), and develop the preliminary design for this stretch. 

The preliminary design has three key themes, which will guide enhancement works along this stretch:

  • Heritage and Culture: Sensitive enhancements to railway heritage structures and improved public access to these sites.
  • Biodiversity and Greenery: Distinctive landscape experiences for visitors, and strengthened ecological connection between green spaces.
  • Recreation: An inclusive hub with open spaces that cater to a range of recreational activities and needs of different users.

Enhancement works for Rail Corridor (Central) are expected to start in 2018, and will be completed in phases by 2021, with trail enhancements to be completed first by end-2019. 

At the same time, there will be track improvements along the 24 km Corridor, so that visitors can look forward to experiencing continuous connectivity along the entire Rail Corridor by 2021 (except Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, which will only be re-opened in 2025 with the new Cantonment MRT station).

Friends of Rail Corridor

In Oct 2017, NParks announced the formation of a Friends of Rail Corridor community as part of the Friends of the Park scheme. More details of the community structure will be shared when plans are firmed up.

Find out more about future plans for the Rail Corridor here.