Unlike the very known number of 2 and 4 to all that attends Singapore’s secondary school education and national service, this 2 and 4 stands for the distance of the up and coming train line, Jurong Region Line.
We are very well aware that the North South Line (NSL) and the East West Line was the first 2 lines to be established in Singapore for the MRT train transport system but this new addition would actually conjoined those two together: connecting 3 interchange – Boon Lay, Choa Chu Kang and Jurong East station.
Singapore is slowly growing to be a nation where going anywhere across land does not need to limit your self with taxis or driving yourself. The upcoming Jurong Region Line (JRL) allows the enhancing of connectivity in the West: with 24km train track line, 24 station from 2026 onward.
Big project for big plans
The breakdown of the major project as reported by the Land Transport Authority Singapore (LTA):
Phase 1 (2026): JRL (West) comprises 10 stations linking Choa Chu Kang to Boon Lay and Tawas;
Phase 2 (2027): JRL (East) comprises seven stations providing connection between Tengah and Pandan Reservoir; and
Phase 3 (2028): Extensions into NTU in the west and Jurong Pier in the south, completing the JRL (West) route.
The train track project coincides with another big project called the ‘Tengah estate’. Known to be an estate of a different caliber and nature where it is going to a ‘car-lite’ estate. The JRL will also be integrated within the ‘Tengah Estate’ and it will also serve residents of Choa Chu Kang, Boon Lay and Jurong.
The project that has a purpose
Many projects in Singapore are based solely for the purpose of integration with other projects. Take for example for the JRL, it is being integrated with the ‘Tengah Estate’.
In a larger perspective, this area is being prepared for a bigger purpose. The Jurong Industrial Estate, Jurong Innovation District, and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), also counts as Jurong Lake District will a plan by itself. This area will be supporting plans to transform the area into Singapore’s largest commercial hub outside the Central Business District.