There is a whole new town growing in the West side. The new Tengah estate, coined “Forest Town” for the plans to have it surrounded by lush greenery, will start growing in the next few years.
New “Forest Town” in the West to grow
Tengah will be Singapore’s first new town since Punggol was conceptualized more than 20 years ago.
The first batch of HDB flats in Tengah will be launched in November. 1,500 units in total. Over the next few years, more flats will be rolled out to fill the new town.
The Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong has mentioned in a recent blog post that these new flats will have a good mix of flat types. The master plan for Tengah was revealed in 2016 though the idea was mooted in 1991. Taking Bishan as a size-gauge, Tengah is primed to grow to about 700 hectares or about the same size as Bishan.
Tengah to be a car-free township surrounded by greenery
Previously a military training ground, the area on which Tengah will be built on is bound by the Kranji and Pan-Island Expressway, Bukit Batok and Brickland Road. Soon the unruly terrain will be home to 42,000 new homes with a mix of 30,000 public housing units and 12,000 private ones.
The West is certainly plugging ahead with redevelopment and though the location of Tengah new town may not seem attractive to young buyers, they may change their minds in a just a few years’ time. It will be situated near the Jurong Innovation District and will have the Jurong Region Line (JRL) and its 24 stations providing transport connectivity.
There will be 4 stations connecting Tengah to the Jurong Innovation District and the Jurong Lake District.
Plans for the town to be car-free are underway. There were also talks of enhancing connectivity through autonomous vehicles. Planned routes with driverless vehicles may be used to better manage industrial scheduling and daily transportation.
Punggol, Jurong Innovation District, and Tengah are the 3 estates to have robot buses and shuttles from 2022.