Second life for Rail Corridor – The Rail Corridor is a former railway route that runs 24 kilometers across Singapore. Abandoned in 2011, it would be transformed into a park under a new government plan.
The Green Connector – The Rail Corridor is designed to be an eco-friendly path spanning the city-state. One section, named Green Connector, is designed with forest walks and an observation tower at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
Across borders – The route once connected the Tanjong Pagar Railway Terminal in the south of Singapore to Malaysia.
Winning concept – Japanese firm Nikken Sekkei's winning design includes eight themed stretches and 10 "activity nodes" catering to different sports or pastimes.
Seamless path – Nikken Sekkei's plan aims to create a seamless and connected path system for different users -- joggers, walkers, cyclists. Facilities like toilets, resting points and lighting will line the path.
Passage of Light – Queenstown Viaduct will be named Passage of Light, with interactive floor lighting that will reportedly respond to the speed of cyclists and pedestrians. It also has a firefly garden.
Node 5: The Station Garden – Former stations and other railway artifacts will be restored and celebrated in the new park. The former Bukit Timah Railway Station will be themed The Station Garden.
The Community Cave – PIE viaduct will be named The Community Cave and filled with yoga decks and a rock-climbing wall.
The Cultural Valley – The path will also serve as a community activity space. People who work or live nearby will be five minutes away from one of 122 access points. Here's the design of The Cultural Valley, a business park for the Queenstown neighborhood.
Node 10: The Northern Nexus – This is the last node in the last stretch of the Rail Corridor in Kranji, the northernmost section of the rail line. It'll be designed into a multi-recreational center with activities like kayaking.
Elevated park – Unlike New York's High Line, most of the corridor will be at ground level. But old steel truss bridges will make elevated sections of the park. Here's one of the bridges at Upper Bukit Timah.
Former Tanjong Pagar – The railway rehabilitation plan also includes concept designs to build a metro station under the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. The old station building -- including the former platform -- will be turned into a community building.