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NSE - How will this affect you?

Postby tigger88 » Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:24 pm

http://www.asiaone.com/Business/My+Mone ... 59225.html

Cannot imagine the dust, construction noise, inconvenience caused when the project commence in 2013. The place I stay will be affected as part of it will be acquired to make way for the new expressway. :cry: :cry:

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Postby Gecko » Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:34 pm

Crap.

Its going to be a bum ride with all thatconstruction.

I use Lentor, AMK Ave 6, Marymount Rd then Thomson to get to work.....


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Postby KSP » Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:26 pm

Go-ahead for new N-S Expressway to ease congestion
By Sujin Thomas

THE Government has given the green light for the alignment of a 15.9km stretch of the North-South Expressway (NSE) between Admiralty Road West and Toa Payoh Rise.

The expressway, Singapore's 11th, was announced under the Land Transport Master Plan launched in March 2008, and will serve the north-south corridor.


It will run parallel to the Central Expressway (CTE).

Construction is expected to begin in 2013, and the entire 21km expressway is slated to be ready by 2020. It is estimated to cost $7 billion to $8 billion to build.

The NSE will alleviate the current traffic load on the CTE when completed, according to a joint statement yesterday from the Land Transport Authority and the Singapore Land Authority (SLA).

It is expected to reduce travel time from the north and north-east parts of Singapore to the city during peak hours by up to 30 per cent.

Currently, the CTE experiences heavy traffic generated by motorists from the northern and central part of the island during peak hours. It is the only expressway serving the north-south corridor.

The NSE is also expected to help ease traffic on major arterial roads, such as Thomson Road and Marymount Road.

The statement referred to the NSE as "one of the most challenging engineering undertakings to date". Upgrade & unleash your potential, we offer various skilled courses!

It will serve traffic with up to three lanes in both directions, and will include viaducts and tunnels. It will provide a new high-speed link from residential estates such as Woodlands, Sembawang, Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan and Toa Payoh to the city centre.

The NSE will also connect to existing expressways, such as the Seletar Expressway, and major arterial roads such as Marymount Road.

While the statement said that efforts have been made to minimise land acquisition for construction of the NSE, the Government will need to acquire a total of 71 properties.

These comprise 38 properties which will be fully acquired, and 33 properties where portions of land will be acquired.

In response to my paper queries, SLA said that all property owners affected by the acquisition will be given two years from the date of acquisition to vacate their premises.

An SLA spokesman said: "The Government generally does not offer alternative sites to owners and/or tenants affected by acquisition, but monetary compensation will be provided under the Land Acquisition Act."

This compensation will be pegged at market value, as at the date of the acquisition of the land.

Once the construction of the NSE is completed, the acquired land at Marymount Terrace and Marymount Convent will be redeveloped comprehensively.

Owners and tenants of terraced houses in Marymount Terrace expressed concerns ranging from finding alternative homes to the likelihood of receiving inadequate compensation amounts.

Many of them received notice of the acquisition yesterday morning.

A 70-year-old retiree who did not want to be named said: "The news did not come as a surprise, but we did not know that it would be so soon."

Said another home owner, who gave her name only as Mrs Lim: "With property prices so high now, I am afraid that we may not be able to find a place of the same size and at the same price."

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Postby KSP » Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:28 pm

Properties to be affected by new Singapore expressway
By Ellen Joy Anastacio

With yesterday's announcement that the Government has given the green light for the 15.9 km North-South Expressway (NSE) between Admiralty Road West and Toa Payoh Rise, also came news that several properties along the area will be acquired by the Government.

The following properties will be affected by the construction of the expressway:

Marymount Convent
The living quarters of the Good Shepherd nuns and a nursing home will be acquired. Marymount Convent School beside it will not be affected.
Marymount Terrace
Residents have been served land acquisition notices, with letters from the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) pasted outside every home.
Condominiums
The Seletaris in Sembawang, Nuovo, Bullion Park and Castle Green in Yio Chu Kang will have part of their fences, boundary walls and grass verge acquired.
Industrial estates
These are owned by JTC and HDB in places like Sin Ming and Woodlands and will be acquired by the government.
Celebs' property also affected by acquisition
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Land acquisition plans and notice posted on condo bulletin board
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Properties that will be fully acquired for the NSE
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Properties that will be affected by the construction of the new expressway
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Yesterday morning, according to the Straits Times, government officials went to about 25 terrace houses in Marymount Terrace to serve land acquisition notices. Homeowners were told that their neighbourhood would be demolished to make way for the NSE. They will have to move out of their homes by January 2013.

Some local celebrities who live in the affected condominiums include Vivian Lai, who lives in a penthouse unit, Mark Lee, and Pan Ling Ling, who both live in lower floors.

A Straits Times report cited Mr Nicholas Mak, head of research at property consultancy SLP International, who estimates a 2 to 3 per cent increase to the values of properties northward from Toa Payoh, due to the increased accessibility to the city that the new expressway will afford. However, homes up to 20 metres and until the eleventh level from the viaduct could see a 5 per cent drop in the value of their property due to the noise, dust, and vehicles going past their homes.

Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Lee Bee Wah, whose wards includes the affected condominiums in Yio Chu Kang, said she has asked Land Transport Authority (LTA) officials to look into minimising the noise from the expressway.

She noted on her Facebook: "To many it is good news indeed but to some affected residents, it may not be a piece of good news."

A resident of Nuovo, Stephanie Lau, 38, admits that her initial reaction to the news that part of her estate's land will be acquired was anger.

"We thought, oh no! Why us?" the freelance HR consultant and trainer told AsiaOne. She said that they were quite shocked, as there was no prior warning, and they first heard about it from the news.

She explained: "Of course the expressway will be convenient. What people could possibly be upset about would be the lack of communication."

She and the other residents only found out this morning, after the letter sent to the management was posted in public for the residents.

Having lived there for five years, since it was built, she and her family enjoy the convenience that the Nuovo offers. With this news, however, comes the uncertainty of how this will impact them personally.

The Government will acquire 38 plots of land entirely, and 33 lots partially. Gazetted yesterday, this amounts to a total land area of abut 5.6ha, larger than the 4.8ha of land acquired for the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE).

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