Cross Island Line poised to transform existing and new estates such as Jurong, Turf City into vibrant hubs
Cross Island Line poised to transform existing and new estates such as Jurong, Turf City into vibrant hubs. Those who live and work in the west, as well as those who plan to relocate there in the future, will be pleased with the completion of the second stage of the MRT Cross Island Line (CRL).
The six-station, 15-kilometer route was revealed three years after the first stage, a 12-station, 29-kilometer stretch. Stations will be built in densely populated residential and business areas such Clementi, West Coast, and King Albert Park. CRL Stage 2’s Maju station, when completed in 2032, would additionally serve three higher education institutions that do not currently have rail access: SIM Global Education, Singapore University of Social Sciences, and Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
The railway will also serve two future precincts, Turf City and Jurong Lake District. Turf City is intended to be a massive mixed-use development enclave, whilst Jurong Lake Area is intended to be a secondary central business district. This is not the first time that a new MRT line would pass through underprivileged neighborhoods. The North-South Line, Singapore’s first MRT line, was still in its early stages in the late 1980s, but plans were already in the works to expand it northwards to Woodlands, a sparsely populated new neighborhood that altered radically once the MRT extension opened in 1996.
Turf City and Jurong Lake District, on the other hand, are larger and more densely populated than Woodlands was three decades ago. While the Urban Redevelopment Authority has ambitious development plans, it remains to be seen whether these neighborhoods can convert quickly enough to reach the density required for an MRT station in ten years. If not, completed stations such as Mount Pleasant and Marina South on the Thomson-East Coast Line when Stage 3 opens later this year, or Woodleigh and Buangkok on the North-East Line when it opened in 2003, may remain underutilized.
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