SINGAPORE - After a year of sprucing up, Bedok Town Centre's pedestrian mall is now equipped with wheelchair-friendly ramps, new benches and lighting as well as more landscaping.
The $3 million revamp of the 320m stretch between Bedok North Street 1 and New Upper Changi Road was completed in March as part of the Housing Board's Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) plans for East Coast.
The ROH scheme, introduced in 2007 to spruce up public housing estates, has also been rolled out to Woodlands, Toa Payoh, Pasir Ris, Dawson, Yishun, Hougang, Jurong Lake and Punggol.
Other new additions to Bedok include an integrated transport hub, a town plaza and an upcoming integrated complex.
The complex, slated for completion next year, will house the Kampong Chai Chee Community Club and Bedok Public Library, among other facilities.
Financial planner Tan Cheng See, 48, said the new ramps along the pedestrian mall make it more convenient for her mother and younger sister, who are wheelchair users, to move around.
"We used to avoid going out often. It was so inconvenient here because of the steps," she told The Straits Times.
About 200 retailers flanking the pedestrian mall also stand to benefit from the revamp, said the HDB.
Chairman of the Bedok Town Centre Merchants' Association Khoo Hock Khim, 52, said: "It's more lively after the upgrading. It's something new and people like it when it's refreshing."