2 new commercial belts to bring jobs closer to homes

Jobs will be brought nearer to the homes to help ease the congestion in the city centre, with two new commercial belts.

The government, which outlined these developments in its Land Use Plan, will also make it easier for people to use public transport. And, it hopes to see 75 per cent of all journeys made by public transport by 2030, compared with the current 60 per cent.

The first new commercial belt is the North Coast Innovation Corridor, spanning Woodlands Regional Centre, Sembawang, the future Seletar Regional Centre and Punggol, to be ready in 10 to 15 years.

Seletar Regional Centre, for example, will be a major employment node for people living in the north and north east. There’ll be more land for new business activities when the existing shipyard facilities in Sembawang are phased out.

By 2030, it’ll be easier to get around using the Cross Island Line, Thomson Line and the new North-South Expressway.

Within the regional hubs, there are plans to start community bus services, which will operate during specific periods of the day.

The other commercial belt is the Southern Waterfront City – from Marina Bay along the waterfront from Keppel, through Telok Blangah to Pasir Panjang Terminal. It’ll have more commercial and housing developments after 2027.

To serve the expected increase along the North-South corridor and optimise the use of roads, the government may introduce what it calls a “reversible flow” scheme along certain expressways.

This means the traffic can flow in one direction during the morning peak hours and move in the opposite direction during the evening peak period.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 31 Jan 2013

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