Gateway to East Coast

Plans for the “Gateway to the East Coast” were unveiled on Saturday as part of the S$1 billion Remaking Our Heartlands (ROH) programmes for three areas announced a week ago by National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan.

Senior Minister S Jayakumar, who is an MP for East Coast GRC, said the plans once realised, will benefit not only those living in the East Coast but other Singaporeans too.

Plans to remake the area will focus on improving homes, revitalising the town centre and providing more recreational choices.

“Much of East Coast is an ageing estate. Therefore to make people feel that it is an exciting place to live and work in, you have to have constant upgrading. But this is not ad hoc upgrading. We are pulling all the pieces together, and many agencies have come forward. In five to six years time, when you come here, it will be completely transformed, it is exciting,” said Professor Jayakumar.

Over the next five years, the Bedok Town centre will be transformed into a vibrant new hub with a new air-conditioned bus interchange.

Stallholders at the food centre at Block 207 Upper Changi Road have been very much concerned about the re-development plans for this area. Under the Remaking Our Heartlands plans for the East Coast , there will be a new food centre built next to their food centre and it is expected to be be ready by 2014.

The stallholders hope that the new food centre would continue to be managed by the HDB or the National Environment Agency, to keep rentals low.

To preserve the history of the East Coast, a Heritage Corner will be built at the new Town Plaza in 2015.

HDB will create a physical heritage foot trail, which traces the early road network of the East Coast area.

And for the first time, Bedok Reservoir and the East Coast Park will be directly linked by a corridor.

The new green spine will enable cyclists and pedestrians to get across from both areas.

A comprehensive cycling network will be introduced within the East Coast area to enhance cycling connectivity to MRT stations, major employment areas, parks, schools and neighbourhood centres.

Sports enthusiasts can also look forward to a new integrated sports facility located within the town centre.

It will house a swimming complex, sports hall, tennis centre and a community centre.

The ROH plans for East Coast were announced a week after plans for Hougang have been made public.

Plans for the Jurong Lake area will be launched next weekend.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 15 Jan 2011

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