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Giving Changi a wider local runway

The transformation of the larger Changi region envisaged by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) should enable the area to better support the airport's status as a key aviation hub. Major road and other infrastructure works near Changi Airport will include the building, widening and reconfiguration of roads, complementing the MRT Cross Island Line which will run between Changi and Tuas, and serving the future Terminal 5 (T5) that is slated to open around 2030.

Singaporeans are accustomed to large-scale projects that serve the global needs of the city state, the construction of Terminal 5 and Tuas mega port being two contemporary examples. There also are continuing attempts to expand the space in which citizens live, work and play in the city itself. The Greater Southern Waterfront, which comprises 30km of the southern coastline of Singapore, is an instance of the spatial transformation that can take place even in a land-scarce state. One indicator of possibilities is that the land on which Keppel Club sits is sufficient to build 9,000 flats, with waterfront promenades and open spaces. The waterfront testifies to the ways in which parts of Singapore could be remade to cater to the needs and aspirations of a more affluent and demanding population.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2019, with the headline 'Giving Changi a wider local runway'. Subscribe