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, the Marina Bay.

Artist’s impression of DUO.
View of Marina Centre at night.
Model of the future Marina Bay at URA Gallery.



DUO is a contemporary twin-tower integrated mixed-use development (comprising residential accommodation, offices, a hotel and a retail gallery) located on a site bordered by Ophir Road, Rochor Road and Beach Road in Singapore.

Designed by award-winning architect Ole Scheeren[1] and scheduled for completion in 2017, DUO will play a part in transforming the area into a new centre for the city.

DUO will be directly connected to the Bugis MRT station served by the East West Line and Downtown Line via underground pedestrian linkways, providing easy access to the Central Business District, Marina Bay and major shopping, dining and entertainment areas at Orchard Road and the Singapore River.

Marina One[edit]

Marina One is a mixed-use development bound by Marina Bay and Straits View in Marina South, Singapore. Designed by Christoph Ingenhoven, Marina One covers a total gross floor area of approximately 3.67 million square feet. The development will include two 34-storey residential towers, two 30-storey prime grade A office towers and a retail podium, The Heart, which will feature lush greenery and landscaping by Gustafson Porter and ICN Design. Both were landscape architects behind Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay in Marina South.[2] The development is expected to be completed in 2017.


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.

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 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.[3]


Downtown Line (DTL)[edit]

Currently in various stages of construction, the 42-kilometre fully underground Downtown Line (DTL) passing through 34 stations will connect the northwestern and eastern regions of Singapore to the new downtown at Marina Bay in the south and to the Central Business District.[4] Similar to the Circle Line, 3-car trainsets will run on the Downtown Line with line capacity for 500,000 commuters daily. It will be completed in three stages with Stages 1, 2 and 3 with operations started on 22 December 2013,[5] 27 December 2015 and 21 October 2017 respectively.[6][7][8][9]

Gali Batu Depot is a 21 hectare MRT depot located in the Kwong Hou Sua Teochew Cemetery off Woodlands Road. Therefore, many graves in the cemetery have to be exhumed which started in December 2008. Construction started in the first quarter of 2009. It opened in 2015 to serve the Downtown Line.

Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL)[edit]

The sixth Mass Rapid Transit and the fourth fully automatic and driverless system line in Singapore. 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]

Tuas West Extension (TWE)[edit]

The Tuas West Extension is an extension of the East West Line from Joo Koon to Tuas Link. The stations — Gul Circle, Tuas Crescent, Tuas West Road and Tuas Link  — will extend MRT connectivity to the Tuas area and are expected to serve more than 100,000 commuters daily.[13] Construction began in 2012 and is planned to be completed in 2016.[13]

On 27 April 2017, the Tuas West Extension was officially announced to open on 18 June 2017.[14][15]

North–South Expressway (NSE)[edit]

The 21.5 km 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. Construction will start in 2017, and is slated for completion by 2023. 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 Four[edit]

There have been plans to build a new passenger terminal, Terminal Four, at Singapore Changi Airport. The details for the construction is that it might have to be extended out onto Changi East where there is now a big empty plot of land. There may be also plans to build another runway.[16]

Jurong Region Line (JRL)[edit]

Proposed as a LRT line, Jurong Region Line will be the seventh line to be built by 2025. It will serve West Coast, Tengah and Choa Chu Kang, besides just Jurong when originally announced in 2001.[17]

Cross Island Line (CRL)[edit]

A 50 km 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.[17]

Circle Line Stage 6[edit]

To be completed by 2025, the 4 km extension will run from Marina Bay through Keppel, ending at HarbourFront.[17]

Downtown Line Extension[edit]

To be completed by 2024, the extension will run from Expo and through East Coast area, from Xilin to Sungei Bedok.[12][17]

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 1.6km and will serve the future Punggol North area. The station is tentatively called Punggol Coast station.[18]


Mandai Nature Project[edit]

When completed, the precinct outside the Nature Reserves will comprise about 120 hectares. 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]


Other developments includes the Downtown North, Northpoint City, Tampines Town Hub, Tampines Gateway and Lim Chu Kang Central.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ole Scheeren Profile". 
  2. ^ "Marina One to be ready in 2017". TODAY. 20 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Singapore plans to increase land area by over 7 pct by reclamation". Xinhua. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Asha Popatlal (5 November 2006). "MRT feasibility studies underway for Downtown Line". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 5 February 2008. 
  5. ^ "Land Transport Masterplan: Downtown Line Stage 1 to open on Dec 22". The Straits Times. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Speech by Mr Raymond Lim, Minister for Transport, at the Visit to Kim Chuan Depot, 25 January 2008, 9.00am" (PDF) (Press release). Land Transport Authority. 25 January 2008. 
  7. ^ Dominique Loh (27 April 2007). "Govt approves S$12b MRT Downtown Line to be built by 2018". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 9 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Christoper Tan (28 April 2007). "33-station Downtown Line gets go-ahead, will be ready by 2018". The Straits Times. p. 1. 
  9. ^ Imelda Saad (15 July 2008). "Downtown Line Stage 2 to have 12 stations". Channel NewsAsia. Singapore. Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Speech by Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport, at DTL3 Tunelling Works Ceremony". Ministry Of Transport. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Speech by Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport, at the Inspection of Downtown Line 1 Station and Announcement of Thomson Line alignment, 29 August 2012, 10.00am at Telok Ayer Station". Ministry of Transport. 29 August 2012. Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Thomson-East Coast Line, connecting North and East, ready by 2024". Channel NewsAsia. 15 August 2014. Archived from the original on 16 August 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Construction Starts for Tuas West Extension". Land Transport Authority. 4 May 2012. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Tuas West Extension Opens on 18 June 2017". Land Transport Authority. 27 April 2017. 
  15. ^ "Tuas West Extension MRT stations to open Jun 18". Channel NewsAsia. 27 April 2017. 
  16. ^ "New Terminal 4 for Changi Airport, S$10m expansion for Budget Terminal". Channelnewsasia.com. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  17. ^ a b c d "TWO NEW RAIL LINES AND THREE NEW EXTENSIONS TO EXPAND RAIL NETWORK BY 2030". Land Transport Authority. 17 January 2013. Archived from the original on 6 July 2014. 
  18. ^ hermesauto (2017-06-07). "North-East Line extension to open in 2023 instead of 2030; to cater to developments in the Punggol area". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  19. ^ "STB to partner Temasek Holdings for Mandai nature project". Channelnewsasia.com. 14 January 2015. Archived from the original on 15 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 

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