The 4 Regional Centres in Singapore
Regional centres are a government initiative to relieve the burden and focus of the central districts of Singapore, by setting up self-sufficient centres in other parts of the island. These regional centres would provide residents with everything they need – education, retail, leisure and other essential amenities.
Historically Tampines – situated in the east of Singapore – was covered by forests and swamps, but today it is one of the most populous and vibrant areas on the island. One of 4 planned regional centres, Tampines is specifically designed to allow all residents, regardless of their background and age to live, interact and bond together in one community.
As well as an already impressive list of amenities, these are set to grow in coming years. A new sports centre which also features a library and hawker centre opens its doors in 2016, giving residents the chance to swim, play tennis, study and eat all under one roof – the first of its kind in Singapore.
Education-wise, residents are spoiled for choice, with 12 primary and 9 secondary schools in the area, with further ones planned.
Tampines is very well catered for whatever your preferred method of transport. The PIE and TPE give quick and easy access to all areas of the island, while the MRT is set to be improved further with 5 new stations – Tampines, Tampines West, Tampines East, Expo and Upper Changi on the Downtown Line set to be on line by 2017.
The cycle network is also set to be enhanced, so residents can take full advantage of the numerous local parks and green spaces, including the Bedok Reservoir Park.
Dubbed Singapore’s Northern Gateway, Woodlands Regional Centre is made up of two distinct regions. Making full use of its waterside location, Woodlands North Coast is a unique space, that manages to successfully combine business, retail, residential and lifestyle options all in an environment characterized by water and lush greenery. Much the larger of the two regions, Woodlands North Coast covers 70 of the 100 hectares, and is joined to Woodlands Central via tree lined boulevards and a pedestrian mall. The smaller of the two districts is focused around Woodlands MRT, and is pedestrian friendly. Many new opportunities for jobs are going to continue to be created giving residents the chance to work in the area they live.
Woodlands is served by the Thomson Line, which will have 2 more stations opening by 2019, as well as links to the planned Johor Rail Link.
Located in the west of the island, Jurong East Regional Centre combined the former Jurong Lake District and Jurong Gateway into one commercial hub from its conception in 1991. Jurong Lakeside is the biggest waterfront commercial setting after Marina Bay, and is served by Jurong East, Chinese Garden and Lakeside MRT stations, with more planned when the Jurong Line is finished and the Downtown Line is completed. It also boasts significant retail facilities, which are due to become more upmarket as high end brands continue to move into the area. New malls are planned for coming years as well as Ng Teng Fong General and Jurong Community Hospitals.
Seletar Regional Centre
The latest regional centre to be announced is at Seletar, in the north-east of the island and in years to come could prove to be the most successful of all of them. It has the advantage that it has two major employment regions on its doorstep – the Seletar Aerospace Park, and Sengkang West Industrial Park. With global players Rolls-Royce, Eurocopter and ST Aerospace already based there, Seletar Aerospace Park is all ready for phase 3 of its development which will create up to another 10,000 jobs – the majority of which will be for highly skilled workers.
The area will also draw on its proximity to the many local parks and waterways, as well as its quickly improving communication networks, and many experts are predicting that the centre will grow to become twice as big as Tampines.
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