One of the great things about running is that it brings us to explore difference places. Running provides us with the opportunity to be more adventurous, to get out of our homes and into the fresh air, enjoying everything our local area has to offer. Over the years we’ve complied about 70 popular running routes across the island. Unfortunately, 3 of our favorite running routes among Singapore Running Community are (or will be) closed this year. Check out all the vital information you need to know – where are the routes, when and why are they closed and what are affected.
1. Singapore Rail Corridor
Where is it? A green passageway stretching from Bukit Timah to Tanjung Pagar and connects many green spaces together along the way.
Why it’s closed? The closure is due to pipeline construction work to meet future water demand in the city area. About half of the 22km pipeline from Murnane Service Reservoir will be laid underneath the lower half of the Rail Corridor.
When it’s closed? Construction work is expected to commence in first half of 2016 and to be completed by 2019.
What is affected? The affected areas include the stretch of Rail Corridor on the south of Holland Road, which sits between Tanjong Pagar Station and Bukit Timah Station, and some sections of the corridor are closed temporarily.
PUB has assured that the pipeline will go under or around wildlife spots including a bat roosting site, and historic structures such as the former Bukit Timah Railway Station and a brick culvert along the Rail Corridor. Read more
2. Jurong Lake Park
Where is it? – Located in the western region of Singapore and it is easily accessible and just a short walk away from Lakeside MRT Station. The park features a waterfront promenade where you can run along the lake, Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, the famous Pagoda Twins and the bridges across the waters.
Why it’s closed? – Jurong Lake Park is closed for re-development the new Jurong Lake Gardens, which is about the size of 144 football fields and it will comprise three parts: Jurong Lake Gardens West, Central and East.
When it’s closed? – It will be closed from April 2016 and expectedly to be completed by mid-2018.
What is affected? – The affected area is as marked in red below. Runners can still access the Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden via Chinese Garden Road and Japanese Garden Road respectively. Read more
3. MacRitchie Reservoir
Where is it? – MacRitchie Reservoir, the oldest reservoir in Singapore, is centrally-located and it covers the combination of trail, pavement and boardwalk.
Why it’s closed? – To be involved in the development works of the Cross Island MRT line (CRL) that will begin from Changi, passing through Loyang, Pasir Ris, Hougang, Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Timah, Clementi, West Coast before terminating at Jurong Industrial Estate.
When it’s closed? – The CRL is targeted to complete by around 2030.
What is affected? – To be confirmed. The Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) is open to both of two possible alignments for the part of the MRT line around the area of the reserve- one cutting straight through the reserve and the other skirting around it as recommended by nature groups. Read more
Want to know other running routes in Singapore?
Check out JustRunLah! comprehensive guide of best running routes across the island, with all the important information for your training needs!