Green Corridor

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Green Corridor, Singapore Overview

One of the longest green stretches in Singapore, the Green Corridor is a 24 km long uninterrupted spread of lush greenery and a seemingly endless expanse of woodlands. Repurposed from the lands of the former rail route between Singapore and the Malay Peninsula, it runs from the old Tanjong Pagar Rail Station in the south all the way to the Woodlands Checkpoint in the north. It is considered one of the best walking trails of Singapore, steeped in heritage, nature and sunshine amidst its unimpaired paths.

Towering trees, dense forests, thick bushes and gorgeous flowers await those who wish to embark upon this beautiful, verdant stretch. The terrain of the trail transitions between rugged, muddy and rocky. A 10 km running route from the Tanjong Pagar Rail Station to the Bukit Timah Rail Station forms the course for the Green Corridor Run, an annual race in Singapore and one of the most anticipated-running events in the city-state. The popularity of this event arises from the sheer scenic beauty of the route, covered in tall grass, gravel and clay with the charming woodlands on both sides, with zero interruptions from traffic.

Walking through this picturesque trail, also known as the Rail Corridor, takes one down the history lane of the rail heritage of the land. The National Parks Board is in the process of mapping out a heritage walk within the Green Corridor, with 4 historical milestones being their key points of interest. These milestones will explore the origins of the railroads that connected Singapore and Malaysia, a World War Two battle site, and stories behind iconic structures like Beauty World. The Green Corridor is a wonderfully tranquil location positioned within the bustling urbanopolis of Singapore.

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The Rail corridor was envisioned and established in the early 20th century as a means of commuting and transporting goods between Singapore and the Malay Peninsula. Initially, there were only 4 stations: Singapore, Newton, Cluny and Bukit Timah. In 1932, the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station was designated as the grand terminus for Singapore, with close proximity to the Tanjong Pagar dock company. Over time, the rail lines branched out to facilitate other purposes, such as the Admiralty Military Railway and the Changi Military Railway. In 2011, after the return of the railway land to Singapore, the authorities saw an opportunity of maintaining a continuous open space in the heart of the city, and thus the Green Corridor was born.

Apart from soaking in the gorgeous scenery of the Green Corridor, there are many points of interest along this long, green, heritage stretch through which one can explore Singapore.
  • Kranji War Memorial: This beautiful hillside cemetery honours the fallen men and women of the armed forces of the Commonwealth who laid down their lives for the Battle of Singapore during World War Two.
  • Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: Singapore’s first ASEAN heritage park that showcases the rich biodiversity typical of wetlands.
  • Bukit Timah Nature Reserve: A massive nature reserve on Singapore’s highest hill, and one of the largest patches of rainforest remaining in the country.
  • Bukit Timah Railway Station: This heritage site was operated by the chief railway operator of Malaysia when the Rail Corridor was operational, now serving as an important site showcasing the rail history of Singapore.
  • Beauty World: The original Beauty World Centre was a popular amusement park opened during the Japanese occupation, converted into a lively market in 1947.
  • World War Two battle sites: The Bukit Timah Railway station and the Truss bridge’s embarkments were the furthest points for the British to reclaim the Bukit Timah hill from the Japanese forces. They had to withdraw to Clementi Road after some struggle.
  • Tanjong Pagar Railway Station: The former grand terminus of the Singapore-Malaysian rail network, this structure now serves as a heritage site and a national monument of Singapore.
  • Telo Blangah Hill Park: A serene hill park covered with charming flowers, secondary forests and the site of Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge.

The Green Corridor is a famous spot for engaging in nature walks, cycling, jogging, heritage trails, nature photography, bird watching, and discovering the rich biodiversity of Singapore. The National parks Board is in the process of enhancing the journey through this stretch by including a ridgeline experience, a 4km heritage walk, a rainforest experience, a Kampung garden experience and a rail heritage experience.

The uneven terrain and uninterrupted 24 km stretch of the Green Corridor make it a coveted spot for cyclists. The appeal of the track is intensified by the thick bushes and dense forests that surround the trail, and the lovely flowers are a treat to the eyes as you pass them by. The sounds of the resident wildlife and the fresh air that flows through the corridor is a delight to any passerby, making this one of the most relaxing cycling tracks in Singapore.

  • Parts of the Green Corridor have been closed to facilitate the Murnane Pipeline Project, which will improve water facilities to the main city of Singapore.
  • The Green Corridor is in the process of undergoing renovations and new additions, slated to be completed by 2021.

There are many points of access to the Green Corridor throughout Singapore, but the main points are the Old Tanjong Pagar Rail Station and the Bukit Timah Rail Station.
  • Old Tanjong Pagar Rail Station: The closest Bus Stop is Blk 16, accessible through Bus 75, 167, and 196. The Aft Blair Rd Stop, 1 km from the station, has better connectivity, accessible through Bus 61, 120, 124, 143, 147, 166, 167, 196, 197, 961 and 961C. Those arriving by MRT must take the East-West line, alighting at the Tanjong Pagar MRT station, 1 km from this spot.
  • Bukit Timah Rail Station: The old Bukit Timah Rail Station is walking distance from the King Albert Park MRT Station and the King Albert Park Stn Bus Stop. MRT travellers can arrive here by the Downtown Line, while those choosing to take the bus can board 66, 67, 74, 77, 151, 154, 157, 170, 170A, 171, 174, 852, 961, 961 C and 970.

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