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