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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Singapore to preserve two historical railway stations

SINGAPORE: The Tanjung Pagar Railway Station, also known as the Keppel Road Railway station, is of great historical and sentimental value, not only for Singapore but also its neighbour, Malaysia.

Come July 1, 2011 the curtains will close on both the Tanjung Pagar and the Bukit Timah station as Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) terminates its rail services in the republic at the Woodlands Train Checkpoint (WTCP).

Both the Tanjung Pagar, which opened in 1932, and Bukit Timah, opening in 1903, are set to see a new role, but their buildings and legacies are to be preserved.

According to the Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore, Datuk Md Hussin Nayan, the move to list both stations as heritage centres is part of the Malaysia-Singapore Points of Agreement (POA) concluded in 1990.

He told Bernama that the Tanjung Pagar station, especially, has sentimental value to many Malaysians, and it reflects the social and cultural ties between the causeway.

Md Hussin said the preparation for KTM services to terminate at WTCP is progressing well and is on schedule.

In view of their deep historical significance, and to protect physical reminders of both stations' rich heritage, the Singapore government recently announced its commitment to preserve both. -- Bernama
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