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Cross-Island Line: Align interests of present, future generations – ST, 7 Sep 2019

Christopher Tan

The following are excerpts from a Straits Times analysis of the 954-page Cross-Island Line assessment report by Senior Transport Correspondent Christopher Tan. In it, he mooted the possibility of a third alignment further south, which would serve the future Bukit Brown estate.

Tan wrote: “Having one more line serving an area as sizeable as Bukit Brown is well within reason. Many areas in Singapore are served by two or more lines. For instance, Marina Bay has four lines and about half a dozen stations.”

In transport, efficiency here means more than having the shortest possible route between two points. It also means making a transport system accessible to as many people as possible so that its long-term benefits will outweigh its initial cost.

Going to the extreme to achieve either objective would not be viable. You end up with either a straight line, which invariably misses crucial passenger catchments, or a squiggle of a line which makes construction unwieldy and journeys inordinately long.

Christopher Tan, SENIOR TRANSPORT CORRESPONDENT, ST

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Through nature reserve or around? Residents, nature groups stick to guns on Cross Island Line paths – TODAY, 3 Sep 2019

“We are totally not for the Cross Island Line to go through the Central Catchment Nature Reserve… It is a remnant fragment of an ancient rainforest with its incredible biodiversity. That’s something so priceless and invaluable that you can’t put a price on.”

Andrew Tay, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER, CICADA TREE ECO-PLACE

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Nature Walk at Bukit Timah Station for ‘Connecting Communities Through Rail Corridor’ event, Sat 31 Aug 2019

On Saturday, 31 st August 2019, Cicada Tree Eco-Place supported the ‘Connecting Communities Through Rail Corridor’ event as part of the Friends of Rail Corridor group.

The event announced plans for a connected Rail Corridor stretching from Tanjong Pagar to Woodlands and enhancements works to the former Bukit Timah Railway Station.

Volunteers from Cicada Tree Eco-Place led a nature walk for the community. The rustic nature surrounding the old Bukit Timah Railway Station contains many familiar kampong plants such as banana, brinjal, and rambutan, amidst the tall mature trees.

This provides a habitat for wildlife, especially birds. Some of the birds spotted at the walk include the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Pied Fantail, and Blue-Crowned Hanging Parrot.

The melodious calls of the critically endangered Straw-headed Bulbul can be heard as well. We are glad that participants of the walk appreciated the flora and fauna that often go unnoticed.

Indeed, the Rail Corridor boasts rich heritage and biodiversity that enthrals all visitors and we will definitely be back again!

The country’s first large-scale aerial park will be in Bukit Timah – Zaobao, 1 Sep 2019

然环境教育组织“知了树自然生态(Cicada Tree Eco-Place)主席赵琴音认为,空中公园将能吸引更多人接近大自然,也有助提升公众保育环境的意识。

她说:“空中公园附近的铁道走廊是不少濒危动物长期以来的栖息地,空中公园能为访客带来便利,吸引他们去探索这些周边的自然步道

Translation – “Environmental education NGO, Cicada Tree Eco-Place’s president and co-founder, Zhao Qin Yin (Teresa Teo Guttensohn) opined that the sky park would encourage more members of the public to interact with nature and raise their awareness of conservation.

She said: “The sky park is adjacent to the Rail Corridor, which is an important long term habitat for our endangered wildlife. The elevated linear park will also bring greater convenience to visitors and attract them to explore the surrounding nature trails.”

Zaobao , 1 Sep 2019

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