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Govt set to call for proposals on Rail Corridor development

SINGAPORE — After three and a half years of engaging the public to gather feedback, the Urban Redevelopment Authority is ready to launch a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Rail Corridor’s concept master plan and design concepts.

A model of Singapore that shows the stretch of the Rail Corridor represented by a line of green. May 2, 2012. TODAY file photo

A model of Singapore that shows the stretch of the Rail Corridor represented by a line of green. May 2, 2012. TODAY file photo

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SINGAPORE — After three and a half years of engaging the public to gather feedback, the Urban Redevelopment Authority is ready to launch a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Rail Corridor’s concept master plan and design concepts.

Announcing this during the second day of the Ministry of National Development’s Committee of Supply debate today (March 11), MND Minister of State Desmond Lee said the RFP will firm up the overall plan and design, which will guide developments in the coming years.

Some suggestions for the 24km railway line included creating a commuter cycling route into the central business district area or using spaces for community uses such as gardens and urban farming. “We should support this, to encourage community ownership of the Rail Corridor,” Mr Lee said.

Such feedback, together with ideas formulated by the Rail Corridor Partnership involving interest groups, academics and design professionals, have been distilled into the Planning and Design Goals under the RFP brief.

Given the length of the Rail Corridor, there will be no rush to work on the whole stretch all at once, said Mr Lee. “Instead, the enhancement of the Rail Corridor will be carefully and sensitively staged, and we will work closely with local communities to realise its full potential,” he added.

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