Future developments in Singapore

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This article shows the main future developments in the city of Singapore. Most developments are found in the New Downtown, Marina Bay in Singapore.

View of Marina Centre at night.
Model of the future Marina Bay at URA Gallery.


Jurong Innovation District[edit]

First announced in the 2016 Singapore Budget, the Jurong Innovation District aims to provide a conducive environment for startups, and encourage innovation. To be developed by JTC, it will be located near NTU, Tengah and CleanTech Park, and the first phase will be completed by 2022.[1]

Punggol Digital District[edit]

First announced in the 2015 NDR and in the 2017 Singapore Budget, the Punggol Digital District will be the 1st enterprise district, with JTC being the master developer. Located in Punggol North, it will house digital and cybersecurity industries, as well as the SIT's new permanent campus in Punggol. The developments will be integrated side by side, encouraging collaboration between industries and academia. The plan was officially unveiled on 21 January 2018, with buildings and SIT campus opening gradually in 2023.[2][3]


A new 51-storey, 280m tower by CapitaLand and Mitsubishi Estate will be built on the former site of Golden Shoe Car Park, costing S$1.82 billion. The tower will mostly consist of offices with a garden in between, as well as serviced apartments by Ascott, retail space and a hawker centre. The tower will be completed by 2021.[4][5]

Kampong Bugis[edit]

Announced during the 2017 Budget, Kampong Bugis is a new development zone in Singapore, which will be given to a master developer, giving flexibility in planning the town layouts as opposed to carving each land plot by itself.[6]


Tengah New Town[edit]

The Tengah New Town is a 700ha development that will integrate nature in it. It will feature five development zones, each with its own unique identity, with a car-free town centre; the first in Singapore. It was announced on 8 September 2016, with the first units to be released in 2018. The town could potentially yield up to 42,000 new homes, with more than 70 per cent of the units allocated for public housing, which would take up to two decades to complete.[7]

Jurong Lake District[edit]

A new draft masterplan for Jurong Lake District was unveiled in August 2017, with new developments in the Lakeside district. It will include a commercial centre around the High Speed Rail station in Jurong East, as well as a third island crested through a new canal. It would be completed in two decades time.[8]

Punggol 21[edit]

Punggol 21 is a development initiative that plans to develop the mostly undeveloped town of Punggol into a residential new town. Currently, the southern parts of Punggol are developed, mostly with HDB flats. There are ongoing projects to build a town centre, supposedly with an air-conditioned bus interchange. There is going to be a man-made canal dug through Punggol, connecting the Serangoon Reservoir and Punggol Reservoir. Many developments are proposed to be built along the canal, such as shopping centres and many more HDB flats. There will be recreation clubs, community centres, sports clubs, polyclinics and many others, attracting many people to live and visit Punggol. There are plans to develop Punggol Point, which currently only has a beach. It will propose to have a seafood restaurant and maybe more HDB flats in the near vicinity. More parking lots are under construction, and this will attract many people to the presently remote beach. The northwest of Punggol will be developed and the West Loop of the Punggol LRT Line will be in operation, serving the area.

Population White Paper: Land Use Plan 2030[edit]

In 2013, the Singaporean government announced a new development plan "Singapore 2030" for Singapore, designed to accommodate the growing population. It is assumed that the population will reach between 6.5 and 6.9 million by 2030. Singapore will increase its land area to 766 km2 (296 sq mi) square kilometers through land reclamation from the sea. Most of the reclamation will be done at Tekong and Tuas islands, with additional reclamation points beyond 2030 including Marina East, Changi East, and Pasir Ris. Singapore 2030 is part of the Land Use Plan to develop the mostly parts such as Tampines North (expansion), Tengah and Bidadari. There are ongoing projects such as 100,000 HDB flats to be built until 2020, followed by Bukit Brown, and somehow post-2030 plans will consist of Paya Lebar Airbase and Southern Waterfront City. High-density towns with a full range of amenities such as childcare centers, hospitals, and recreational areas will be built. About 60% of Singapore's land will be set aside for housing, industry, and community facilities, up from 52%. In addition, 700,000 new housing units will be built, the size of the rail network will be doubled, and some golf courses and military training grounds will make way for redevelopment. According to the plans, 85% of Singaporeans will live close to a park.[9]


Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL)[edit]

The sixth Mass Rapid Transit and the fourth fully automatic and driverless system line in Singapore that is 43 km (27 mi) long. The whole line will be completely underground.[10] Opening in five phases, starting from 2019 onwards and completing in 2024, Thomson-East Coast Line will add greatly to the accessibility and connectivity of the current rail network, with interchanges to all other five MRT lines.[11][12]

North–South Corridor (NSC)[edit]

The 21.5 km (13.4 mi) North–South Corridor will stretch from Woodlands and Sembawang to the western end of the East Coast Parkway, relieving traffic on the congested Central Expressway. It will be the 11th of Singapore's expressways. Construction commenced in 2017, and is slated for completion around 2026. The Land Transport Authority announced that the NSC will be transformed to Singapore’s first integrated transport corridor featuring continuous bus lanes and cycling trunk routes, throughout the length of the route.

Changi Airport Terminal Five[edit]

Terminal 5 is set to be ready in the mid 2020s. It is expected to handle 50 million passenger movements per annum.[13] The airport terminal structure is projected to be larger than all the previous terminals combined. It will be built on reclaimed land to the east of the present terminals.

In addition, Jewel Changi Airport, a multi-use structure interconnecting Terminals 1, 2 and 3, is set to open in early 2019.[14]

Jurong Region Line (JRL)[edit]

Previously proposed as an LRT line, the Jurong Region Line was re-proposed into a fully elevated MRT line 24km long with 24 stations. It will be the seventh line to be built with completion in 3 stages from 2026 to 2028. It will serve West Coast, Tengah and Choa Chu Kang, besides just Jurong when originally announced in 2001.[15][16]

Cross Island Line (CRL)[edit]

A 50 km (31 mi) line spanning across Singapore. The addition of the new line brings commuters with another alternative for East-West travel to the current East West Line. It will also connect to all the other major lines to serve as a key transfer line, complementing the role currently fulfilled by the orbital Circle Line. As a conclusion, it will relieve the load on several of the existing lines, bringing greater comfort to all commuters and significantly shorten journey times greatly.[15]

Circle Line Stage 6[edit]

To be completed by 2025, the 4 km (2.5 mi) extension will run from Marina Bay through Keppel, ending at HarbourFront and will close the gap between the Harbourfront and Marina Bay stations, so that the Circle Line is fully orbital.[15]

Downtown Line 3 Extension[edit]

To be completed by 2024, the extension will run from Expo and through East Coast area, from Xilin to Sungei Bedok.[12][15]

North East Line Extension[edit]

On 7 June 2017, it was announced by Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng that the North-East Line extension will open in 2023, a few years ahead of the expected opening date. The single station extension will span 1.6 km (1 mi) and will serve the future Punggol North area. The station is tentatively called Punggol Coast station.[17]

Tuas Mega Port[edit]

The Tuas Mega Port started construction in 2016. To be done in four stages from 2021, the port will consolidate all port operations in Singapore and centralise it in Tuas, with a potential future capacity of about 65 million TEUs a year. New technologies will be employed to increase productivity[18]


Mandai Nature Project[edit]

When completed, the precinct outside the Nature Reserves will comprise about 120 ha (300 acres). This will include the development of new attractions that will be integrated with the existing Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari, with plans to relocate the Jurong Bird Park, and rejuvenating it in Mandai, and also a possible new zoo will be added in Mandai as well. The idea of a "cageless zoo" is being explored, "where they introduce large immersive habitats where the visitors can immerse themselves in the natural habitats of the animals watching them in their natural behaviours - whether it's foraging for food, nesting or even doing courtship. Every visit will be different and every visit will be an adventure in itself". In addition to new public spaces and waterfront trails, the space will also be used for research and conservation purposes. This entire project will be made environmentally-sustainable and in a sensitive manner, and will be completed in phases in the next 10 years, with the first phase alone being scheduled to be completed by the year 2020.[19]

Changi Jewel[edit]

When completed in 2019, the Changi Jewel will house a mall, a hotel, an indoor garden, 40m indoor waterfall called the Rain Vortex, and the first permanent Pokémon Centre outside of Japan. The five-storey, mainly commercial development with five basement floors will house about 300 shops and food and beverage outlet. The entire Jewel facade is made up of more than 9,000 pieces of specially manufactured glass, close to 18,000 pieces of steel beams and over 6,000 steel nodes. The five-storey garden contains 2,500 trees and 100,000 shrubs from countries including Brazil, Australia, Thailand and the US. The Rain Vortex is a 40m-tall waterfall that will cascade from the oculus at the top of the glass dome down to the centre of the atrium. It is expected to be the world's tallest indoor waterfall when completed. At $1.7 billion, the project is a considerable investment for Changi Airport Group, which owns 51 per cent of Jewel Changi Airport Development, with the remaining stake held by CapitaLand Mall Asia. Its facade is already completed, but the interior is yet to be completed. Some information was from this was taken from this article, credit to The Straits Times https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/changis-jewel-shaping-up-well-for-sparkling-start-in-2019


Other developments include Downtown North, Tampines Gateway and Lim Chu Kang Central.

See also[edit]


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