North West Singapore Rediscovered

North West Singapore Rediscovered

Did you know that public transport is an essential component of environmental sustainability? By reducing the use of automobiles, it contributes to reducing energy consumption as well as reducing emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases.

Have you tried exploring Singapore using our public transport system? These five bus routes shared by North West Community Development Council (CDC) may surprise you by the interesting sights you will get to see and visit along the route. Best part is, all you need is your trusty EZ-Link card to get around! Or for the active ones, you may choose to cycle the route or even explore it on foot!

Having lived in Woodlands for more than 20 years, I am surprised by how little I know! Hahaha. So now follow me as we discover Singapore’s North West district together.

Bus Service 117 from Punggol Interchange to Sembawang Interchange

Main highlight: One of Singapore’s most scenic bus route travelling across Yishun dam. On a clear day, you will be able to catch a beautiful sunset from the dam.

The sun starting to set on a clear day at Yishun dam

Other route highlights:

ORTO recreational complex – Singapore’s first multi-recreational park open to the public 24 hours a day, catering to all-day and night activities such as prawning.

Seletar Aerospace Park – Home to a vibrant aerospace industry cluster of over 60 Multi-National Companies (MNCs) and local aerospace enterprises. ​​The 320-hectare park supports Singapore’s vision to become a global aviation hub. 160 ha of purpose-built land and infrastructure is dedicated to the aerospace industry, while the remaining 160 ha is occupied by the Seletar Airport.

Bus Service 856 from Yishun Interchange to Woodlands Interchange

Main highlight: See a different side of Singapore as you ride through Sembawang Shipyard and Senoko Industrial Estate (where Sunshine Bakeries and Yakult have factories) for a glimpse of behind-the-scenes.

Did you know, Sunshine Bakery started in year 1930 and is Singapore’s oldest Bakery with humble beginnings as a small business operating from a shop-house in Geylang before being acquired by Singapore Cold Storage (SCS)? I didn’t know that!

My family orders Yakult home delivery from a mother & daughter duo every week and you can do so too! Delivery is free and the prices are the same as those sold at the supermarket. It’s always nice to be greeted with a friendly smile by the Yakult Lady. Yakult organises free factory tour too. It is temporary halted due to Covid-19 situation. Hopefully it will be reinstated once everything settles down. You can contact them at 6257 7882 or email to arrange for a factory tour.

Yakult Lady Susan and her daughter Jingyi

Other route highlights:

Marsiling Park – An oasis of calm and tranquility. Formerly known as Woodlands Town Garden, the park features activity areas and amenities for visitors of all ages. Despite the park being there all the while, I only visited it a couple of times when the pandemic hit, and I really love the tranquility it provided when I walked and cycled through it.

Peace and tranquility at Marsiling Park

Great park to jog, walk or cycle in!

Bus Service 970 from Bukit Panjang Interchange to Shenton Way Terrace

Main highlight: Swanky houses of Sixth Avenue and colourful overhead bridges and black truss bridge along Dunearn Road/Bukit Timah Road.

Other route highlights:

Pang Sua Pond – Originally built as a stormwater collection pond in the 1990s, Pang Sua Pond is now Singapore's second-largest man-made floating wetland system, after the Sengkang Floating Wetland in Punggol Reservoir.

Overview of Pang Sua pond

Rail Corridor – The Rail Corridor is a former railway line that stretches 24km north to south of Singapore.

Enjoy a leisure walk or ride through the rail corridor towards Woodlands

Bus Service 912 from Woodlands Interchange (Loop)

Main highlight: Longest feeder bus route in Singapore (40 stops!). Best neighbourhood tour. 

Other route highlights:

Woodlands Civic Centre – Built in year 2000 to serve as a home to many public agencies, providing residents in the area and other members of public a convenient way of accessing and using various government services easily. There is a huge 4-storey library there which I used to visit quite often during school days to study. I like to work from there too whenever I need extra peace and quiet to focus on an important project. The free public Wi-Fi provided is a great bonus haha!

Woodlands Civic Centre, interconnected with the new Woods Square 

Bus Service 858 from Woodlands Interchange (Loop)

Main highlight: Longest trunk bus route in Singapore covering 73.4KM from Woodlands to Sembawang to Yishun to Changi Airport and back! 

Other route highlights:

Chong Pang City – The first neighbourhood centre in Yishun New Town and is about 40 years old.

Old Admiralty House – Used to accommodate key military commanders based in Singapore. It bears testimony to the former Singapore Naval Base located in the vicinity and embodies Singapore’s military history.

Overview of Old Admiralty House - Image from Google Maps

Fun Fact: This bus service only has single-deckers because of the low tunnels at the airport basement.

Did you enjoy the “tour” of Northwestern Singapore as much as I did?

First published in Northwest Cohesion, August 2021.

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Posted on 03 Sep 2021 by Mabel 0 175
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