SINGAPORE: The government will acquire close to 40 lots and more than
30 part lots of land to facilitate the construction of a stretch of the
North South Expressway (NSE) between Admiralty Road West and Toa Payoh
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said this follows government
approval for the alignment of that stretch of the new expressway.
Planning, engineering and alignment studies for the southern segment of the NSE are still ongoing.
The LTA said the lots to be acquired, which include Marymount Terrace
and Marymount Convent, will be comprehensively redeveloped.
The Orange Valley Nursing Home and Good Shepherd Chapel, as well as
the Missionaries of Charity Gift of Love Home and Rose Villa would have
to go, as a result.
Marymount Convent School and Marymount Kindergarten said they would remain at its current premises.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) said the sites at Marymount
Terrace and Marymount Convent would be considered for residential
development after the completion of the new expressway.
North South Expressway Singapore
The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) gazetted the lands affected by the acquisition on Wednesday.
Landowners who are directly affected will receive the acquisition
notices on Wednesday and they will be given ample time to move out.
Some residents said they had been told to get their property
evaluated before entering into talks with the government to work out
They added they had two years to move to a new place.
The new expressway will run parallel to the Central Expressway (CTE) to serve the north-south corridor.
The CTE is currently the only expressway serving the north-south
corridor and it experiences heavy traffic generated by motorists from
the northern and central part of Singapore during peak hours.
One driver said: “It will actually minimise congestion on certain
expressways, due to the fact that there is another new route for
(drivers) to use”.
Another said: “This highway will alleviate all the population leaving
from Punggol and Yishun, and Woodlands, so it really helps a lot”
A third person said: “It would not help. The more highway freeway you build, the more cars you will entitle people”.
LTA said even with the completion of the CTE widening project by the
end of this year, traffic demand along this corridor is expected to
continue to grow.
The authority said the NSE will not only alleviate the current load
experienced on the CTE, but also help ease traffic on major arterial
roads, such as Thomson Road and Marymount Road.
NSE will consist of a combination of viaduct and road tunnels to
provide a new high speed road link from residential estates such as
Woodlands, Sembawang, Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan and Toa Payoh to the
It will also connect to existing expressways, such as the Seletar Expressway and major arterial roads, such as Marymount Road.
Work on the new expressway is expected to start in 2013 and completed by 2020.
North–South Expressway, Singapore
The North–South Expressway Malay: Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan) is the
11th and newest of Singapore’s network of expressways. Construction of
the expressway was announced on 30 January 2008 as part of a major
review of Singapore’s transport network by the Land Transport Authority.
The new 21 kilometres (13.05 miles) expressway would cost about S$7–8
billion when fully complete by 2020 and will connect the East Coast
Parkway with the northern parts of Singapore.
North–South Expressway, Malaysia
The North-South Expressway (NSE) (Malay: Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan) is
the longest expressway in Malaysia with the total length of 966 km (600
miles) running from Bukit Kayu Hitam in Kedah near the Malaysian-Thai
border (connects with Phetkasem Road (Route 4) in Thailand) to Johor
Bahru at the southern portion of Peninsular Malaysia and to Singapore.
The expressway links many major cities and towns in western Peninsular
Malaysia, acting as the ‘backbone’ of the west coast of the peninsula.
It is also known as PLUS Expressway, named after the highway’s
concessionaire, Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan Berhad (North South
Expressway Project; abbreviated as PLUS).
This expressway passes through 7 states on the peninsula: Johor,
Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, Perak, Penang and Kedah. It provides
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reducing travelling time between various towns & cities.