Tai Seng MRT station on the Circle Line will soon be linked by an underground walkway to the bustling Paya Lebar industrial and commercial hub on the other side of the road – courtesy of private developer Mapletree.
The station is the only one on the eastern stretch of the line that does not have an underground link to the other side. Currently, those who work in the offices or dine in the area have to cross at a signalised junction or climb an overhead pedestrian bridge. Each route is a distance of at least 500m.
The underpass is part of a land sale requirement set by JTC Corporation when Mapletree won the tender to develop 18 Tai Seng – a mixed-use development directly opposite the MRT station.
A Mapletree spokesman said the linkway will connect Basement 2 of the MRT station and Basement 1 of 18 Tai Seng retail centre. The linkway is being constructed using a pipe-jacking method, which is a micro-tunnelling process, to join the station via a knock-out panel. This is a section of a wall designed to be knocked down.
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“Mapletree takes the view that this will enhance pedestrian connectivity and provide an all-weather retail experience for the business and residential community to the Paya Lebar/MacPherson area,” she added.
Work started in March 2015 and is expected to be completed in the second half of this year. There will be an escalator and a lift for pedestrians’ use. Mapletree would not disclose the cost of the underpass.
18 Tai Seng opened on Feb 21. Tenants include three Michelin-starred eateries – Liao Fan Hawker Chan, Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta and Tim Ho Wan. Harry’s, Jalan Kayu Prata Cafe, Bakerzin, FairPrice and Junior Champs are among the other tenants.
The development is part of a sprawling Paya Lebar industrial- commercial hub that includes the BreadTalk IHQ and StarHub.
Harry’s director of sales and marketing Karen Chua said: “We are thrilled to know that there will soon be an underground walkway…