Adequate demand to open Hume train station

Although I am glad that Downtown Line 2 will be operating from Dec 27, I am disappointed that Hume MRT station is not opening ("Public get first peek at second phase of Downtown Line"; Sunday).

I live about 1km away from the shell Hume station and I can see that the demand is not too low.

There are several large condominiums within 1km of the station, as well as the former Bukit Timah Fire Station, which now houses learning and enrichment centres and a restaurant, and the Memories at Old Ford Factory museum. Hume is also near the area slated to be the Green Corridor.

Earlier this year, former transport minister Lui Tuck Yew and MP Low Yen Ling told residents along Hume Avenue that Hume station was slated to be a shell station due to a lack of infrastructure "within 600m".

I wonder what the rationale is for making 600m the limiting factor.

I hope the authorities can reconsider the decision to leave Hume a shell station.

Alternatively, provide the area's residents with a bus service to Hillview station, as well as a town centre for better connectivity.

It is also a great inconvenience to residents that road alignments have not been put back to their original state after the works were completed.

Varun Naidu

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 09, 2015, with the headline 'Adequate demand to open Hume train station'. Print Edition | Subscribe