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Nature Society suggests different route for Cross Island MRT line

Cross Island Line works put nature reserve 'at risk'

Published on Jul 19, 2013 7:43 AM
 
The Nature Society suggests two alternative routes, running around the northern and southern edges of Singapore's largest nature reserve, to the proposed train line that cuts through the forest near Macritchie Reservoir. Running the planned Cross Island MRT Line along Lornie Road instead of through the nature reserve would add just 2km and four minutes to travel time. -- PHOTO: NATURE SOCIETY (SINGAPORE)

RUNNING the planned Cross Island MRT Line along Lornie Road instead of through Singapore's largest nature reserve would add just 2km and four minutes to travel time.

That would help reduce the damage to the reserve's ecosystem, the Nature Society (Singapore) suggested in a 40-page paper giving its take on the new line.

The position paper, released yesterday, also described the environmental damage that may be caused by the soil investigations and tunnelling needed for the 50km MRT project, which is expected to be ready in 2030.

The line, first announced in January as part of the Government's Land Use Plan, runs from Jurong to Tampines. It appears to pass through densely built-up areas like Sin Ming, Hougang and Clementi.

 
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