After its completion, The North South Corridor is expected to be Singapore’s 11th expressway network. Singapore Land Transport Authority reviewed the transport network and announced the development of this expressway on January 2008. The construction process is expected to cost between S$7 and S$8 billion after its completion in 2026. Note that the North-South corridor has significantly experienced high traffic. Parc Canberra which is a new EC that is located near to North South Corridor will be for sale soon by Hoi Hup Realty.
North South Corridor Located at the North of Singapore
This expressway will cover 21 kilometers and it will have 16 entrances plus 17 exits. It will have continuous bus lanes designed to minimize the traveling time between towns located along this corridor. It will definitely make it easier for residents in these towns to commute faster thanks to the intra-town buses and the cycling path. North South Corridor will be located near to the new EC at Parc Canberra at Canberra Link MRT Station.
The commencement of this road will start in northern Singapore, at the Admiralty Road West. From there, it will proceed past Woodlands Avenue 8, and then Gambas Avenue to Sembawang Road. From here, this expressway will intersect with the Seletar Expressway after joining Lentor Avenue. It will pass the Toa-Payoh Rise and then join Bukit Timah and Thomson Roads. At this point, this expressway will be parallel to Central Expressway. Before it ends up in its southern terminus, it will pass along Ophir Road and connect to East-Coast Parkway.
North South Corridor to Go Through Marymount Road and Lentor Avenue
The major bus stops found in Marymount Road, Ang Mo Kio, and Lentor Avenue will be full-equipped with lift lobbies. There will also be cycling and new bus lanes. Apart from the city center, some of the towns that this expressway will serve include Toa Payoh, Yishun, Woodlands, Ang Mo Kio, Sembawang, and Bishan. Additionally, it will also provide links to pre-existing expressway such as the East-Coast Parkway, Pan-Island Expressway, and Seletar Expressway.
Private Properties Acquired for Construction of North South Corridor
As much as the Land Transport Authority really tried to maximize the use of the available state land, the government has ended up acquiring some private properties. Well, this is because this expressway needs to be straight so as to curb the existing and rapidly increasing traffic menace. Novena Square underpasses and the Rochor Center are some of the landmarks that will have to be demolished.
The construction of the North South Corridor was first expected to end in 2020. During the initial conceptualization, it was to be a vehicular expressway. However, there have been several changes and it will be built as an integrated transport corridor. The one of a kind expressway will feature cycling routes and bus lanes throughout. The commencement of the construction started in 2018, and not 2017 as it had been planned initially. There have been significant delays in the construction process and as a result, the deadline had to be pushed to 2026 from 2023.