Construction of Round Island Route to Start Late 2016

Togoparts Editorial Team | 11th Jul 2016 | NEWS

Ambitious project aims to enhance connectivity, add more recreational space for cyclists and park goers.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong planted a tree at the Sengkang Riverside Park in a ceremony on July 9 to commemmorate the start of the Round Island Route’s initial phase.

The project, which was conceptualized back in 2011, involves the construction of a 150km green trail that will go around Singapore, linking many of the country’s natural, cultural, historical, and recreational sites together. A part of the Park Connector Network, which already has a span of 300km, the Round Island Route is expected to benefit about 3.5 million residents along the trail.

 

The First Phase

In the next few months, the National Parks Board (NParks) will be calling for a tender, with construction on the first 60 kilometers expected to start late this year. This initial part of the route is known as the Coastal Adventure Corridor, which starts from Rower’s Bay at the Lower Seletar Reservoir Park and reaches all the way to Gardens by The Bay East. Key areas along the way include Punggol’s coastal area, Pasir Ris, Changi, and East Coast Park.

“For the Coastal Adventure Corridor… we will have a bridge across the Sungei Punggol, which will link the two parcels of Senkang Riverside Park, so park users (cyclists) don’t actually have to dismount and (can) have a more seamless ride,” said NParks group director Ms. Kartini Omar, showing an example of the efforts they are willing to make in orde to give the Round Island Route “seamless connectivity”.

 

Round Island Route Features

To provide the best experience to cyclists and pedestrians alike, the Round Island Route’s tracks are planned to be 6 meters wide for the most part (2 meters wider than the usual paths at park connectors), and will have shelters, toilets, lookout points, information kiosks, bicycle parking lots, and self-help bike repair facilities along the way.