PM Lee: One possibility for Rail Corridor - cycling track

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong cycling in Kushiro, Japan.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong cycling in Kushiro, Japan.PHOTO: LEE HSIEN LOONG/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has raised the possibility of converting the Rail Corridor into a full-fledged cycling trail after cycling in Japan.

In a Facebook page on Wednesday morning, PM Lee shared his cycling experience on a disused railroad track in Kushiro, Japan.

He concluded his post: "One possibility for our Rail Corridor."

The 24km-long Rail Corridor stretches from Woodlands to Tanjong Pagar. It was land used by Malaysia's KTM railway before it was returned to Singapore in 2011.

In March, the Urban Redevelopment Authority launched a request for proposal to develop the land into a fully continuous green stretch.

One of the planning and design goals for the stretch set by the URA was it should be "reestablished for pedestrians and cyclists to use and enjoy."

It should also "provide opportunities for walking, jogging and cycling as a form of recreation and for commuting," the guidelines continue.

Five teams made up of local and international architects were short-listed in May to design a masterplan for the corridor. These will be on display in a public exhibition in October and November.

lesterh@sph.com.sg