Our thoughts: Lentor and Mayflower MRT Stations are located in the North-West of Ang Mo Kio. Residents around there should cheer the news that the Thomson-East Coast Line will be ready in 2020 as there are no MRT stations in around there. The latest new development near Mayflower MRT is The Panorama by Wheelock Properties. Will this news boost the sales figure in coming months?
To sum up this news in 3 pointers:
- When is it ready – The two stations are on the S$24 billion Thomson-East Coast Line and are expected to be ready by 2020.
- How much time savings – Residents travelling from Lentor MRT Station to Jurong East or Holland Village can expect to cut down their travel time by at least 15 to 20 minutes.
- Other upgrades in our transportation – The government is improving its bus services with the Bus Service Enhancement Programme and will have 1,000 more buses nation-wide by 2016.
For the full article from ChannelNewsAsia here
Construction of the Lentor and Mayflower MRT stations has officially begun following the ground-breaking ceremonies on Saturday (Sep 6). The two stations are on the S$24 billion Thomson-East Coast Line and are expected to be ready by 2020.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is also MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC, officiated at both ceremonies. Speaking at the events, he said the new Thomson-East Coast Line will improve connectivity for residents.
The 43-kilometre line, Singapore’s sixth rail line, will connect residents in the north directly to the city centre and East Coast, as well as the wider MRT network. Mr Lee said the Lentor MRT station will bring schools, work places and amenities much closer to home, and make public transport even more convenient and attractive to residents in the Yio Chu Kang area, while the Mayflower station will become a touch-point for the Kebun Baru neighbourhood.
When the Lentor station is ready, residents can expect to cut down their travel time to places such as Jurong East and Holland Village by at least 15 to 20 minutes. The station will also be the nearest one to the Singapore Zoo and River Safari.
Nearby, residents in Kebun Baru are also looking forward to improved connectivity with the Mayflower station. Prime Minister Lee also pointed out that communities tend to grow and thrive around MRT stations. As such, each station will develop its own identity. For Mayflower station, its design will be based around the theme of birds – to reflect Kebun Baru’s active bird singing club.
The two stations on the Thomson-East Coast Line are part of the wider rail network, which is set to expand further. PM Lee said: “By 2030, about 15 years from now, we will double our network and nearly every household – 8 in 10 – will be able to live within 10 minutes of a train station. … And I think that we will make Singapore a very good and convenient place to live, for people of all ages.”
Mr Lee said he hopes residents will understand the temporary inconveniences brought about by the construction of the stations, but he assured them that the Land Transport Authority will take all possible measures to minimise these inconveniences.
He also said residents in Ang Mo Kio will benefit from the upgrading of the signalling system of the North-South line. More trains can be added during peak periods when the works are done by 2016.
In addition to the rail network, Mr Lee said Singapore is improving its bus services with the Bus Service Enhancement Programme. It will have 1,000 more buses nation-wide by 2016.