New boardwalk links Sentosa to VivoCity in Nov 2010

S$300 million will be pumped in to boost transport infrastructure within and leading into Sentosa.

This involves several new projects, including building an intra-island cable way and a bridge linking Merlion Plaza to Resorts World.

Come November next year, visitors will have yet another mode of entry to the island.

They can choose to walk to the island via a new boardwalk.

Said chief executive officer of Sentosa Leisure Group, Mike Barclay: “We’ve got about a doubling of visitorship coming in to Sentosa from next year. Currently we have about six million visitors every year, (and) we’re going to go up to about 12 million a year.

“So we’ve built a second bridge, but we don’t think everything should be a road based solution. So that’s why we’re building a boardwalk next to the two bridges, with a capacity of about 8000 people per hour in each direction.”

The 620-metre long boardwalk links VivoCity Promenade and Sentosa.

It is touted as South-East Asia’s largest thematic walkway, featuring five garden themes depicting different landscapes of Singapore.

Visitors can also make use of the canopy-covered travellators for their journey to the island.

On average, it will take about 15 minutes to cross the walkway.

At night, the boardwalk will be illuminated to enhance the precinct and visitors’ experience.

The groundbreaking for the boardwalk was held on Tuesday morning.

The project will cost about S$70 million, and access to the bridge will be free to the public.

However, there will be a ticketing booth at the Sentosa end of the boardwalk for those who wish to enter the island.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 28 Jul 2009

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