The Green Corridor: Farewell for now

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Sun sets over the Green Corridor (Photo: Thomas Timlen)

My first mountain bike ride on the Rail Trail, a.k.a. the Green Corridor, took place on 19 January 2013. Three years later on 15 June 2016 I enjoyed what might be my last ride until sometime in 2019, if a planned water main construction project finishes on schedule.

The end is near

Since the announcement of the water main project was made, the second quarter of 2016 has loomed ominously for patrons of the Green Corridor.

To keep the public informed, Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB) produced a useful map that has been distributed by the Singapore Land Authority (SLA). This map shows the sections of the Green Corridor that will be affected.

Some good news

For all sections south of Jalan Anak Bukit, the construction is expected to begin by the end of June 2016.

However, there are a few reasons to be cheerful.

Not all sections will be closed. For example, the Map indicates that during the construction an alternate path will be made available starting from Holland Road heading north.

There might also be some extra time available before the Green Corridor is actually closed.

During my ride on 15 June 2016, there were no signs whatsoever of an impending closure.

In addition, the trail conditions were superb. In the three years that’s I’ve cycled on the Green Corridor I have never experienced better conditions. The path is solid thanks to efforts to limit the mud and improve the drainage, and the greenery has rarely been so lush. A great combination!

Reopening in stages

2017

The PUB  Map shows that the section south of Holland Road down to Commonwealth Avenue will reopen already sometime in 2017.

2018

The PUB  Map also shows that the section north of Holland Road will be reopened and back to ‘normal’ in 2018.

The section between Commonwealth Avenue and Jalan Kilang Barat will also reopen in 2018.

2019

Finally, the last section to reopen, from Jalan Kilang Barat running alongside the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) to the southern end of the trail will reopen in 2019.

 

Access & a Google Maps Green Corridor User Guide

A few years ago I created the Green Corridor User Guide to promote use of the Green Corridor by identifying the easiest access points. Some updating was required along the way, but Wednesday’s ride revealed that the information in the guide is still valid, at least until the southern half is temporarily closed.

Until that happens you can still refer to the guide to find access points that are convenient for you. Areas of mud and ponding mentioned in the guide are, however, no longer as muddy and wet as they used to be thanks to the trail improvements made by the SLA.

A picture paints a thousand words

Below is a collection of photos from the ride on 15 June 2016 showing the superb state of the Green Corridor before the water main project began.

One can hope that it will again regain its beauty once the project is complete.

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The Access Path at Silat Road remains open (Photo: Thomas Timlen)

 

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This map shows the Green  Corridor trail from the Rail Mall in the north to the end near Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (Map source; Strava/OpenStreetMap)

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Everyone is welcome on the Green Corridor (Photo: Thomas Timlen)

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North of Holland Road (Photo: Thomas Timlen)

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The old Bukit Temah Railway Station (Photo: Thomas Timlen)

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Wide open green space south of the old Bukit Temah Railway Station (Photo: Thomas Timlen)

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Perfect trail conditions in a lush environment (Photo: Thomas Timlen)

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A diversion with a hill for a drainage improvement project (Photo: Thomas Timlen)

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Trail improvement works completed in 2016 (Photo: Thomas Timlen)

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Very green, very peaceful (Photo: Thomas Timlen)

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Passing through a green world in a city state (Photo: Thomas Timlen)

 

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The section after Jalan Kilang Barat along the AYE is flat and solid (Photo: Thomas Timlen)

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Towering Trees and wide green spaces as the trail nears Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (Photo: Thomas Timlen)

 

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The very end of the trail just beyond Kampong Bahru Road (Photo: Thomas Timlen)

Additional Reading

The Green Corridor Pipeline Schedule for Dummies

Details of closure dates

The Green Corridor User Guide

The Green Corridor Website

We support The Green Corridor in Singapore Facebook Group

Additional Photographs

 

 

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