A section of the iconic Punggol Road will be permanently closed to traffic, in a move to spruce up the area as the Punggol Digital District plan takes shape.
"Old Punggol Road will be transformed into a pedestrian walkway and a heritage trail," Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said yesterday as he launched the masterplan for the area.
The 1.3km heritage trail will link Punggol Waterway Park to the Punggol Point waterfront. The trees along the leafy Punggol Road will be preserved. The changes will allow people to rediscover Punggol on foot, said DPM Teo.
Besides more pedestrian paths, the roads and public transport network will also be improved.
The North East Line will be extended from Punggol MRT station. When ready by 2023, the new Punggol Coast MRT station will cut travel time to Punggol MRT station by 10 to 15 minutes.
A new road interchange linking Punggol and Pasir Ris will be ready by next year. By 2021, there will also be a new road interchange at Tampines Expressway and Seletar Link.
These improvements will ease the traffic situation and provide more public transport options for residents and workers, said DPM Teo, who is also the anchor minister for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC.
Residents welcomed not just the road infrastructure improvements but also the area's transformation.
Ms Lam Lee Choo, who has been living in Punggol for 11 years, said that the area's transformation will appeal to residents.
"Punggol residents are generally young. They will welcome the use of technology that improves their lives," said the 52-year-old housewife, who is a grassroots leader.
"An area they will look forward to is the use of technology to deliver government services, so they don't have to visit government offices."