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Bukit Panjang New Town

Bukit Panjang New Town
Planned community
SMRT Buses parked at the former bus interchange next to Bukit Panjang Plaza.
SMRT Buses parked at the former bus interchange next to Bukit Panjang Plaza.
 • Total 4.89 km2 (1.89 sq mi)
 • Total 101,900

Bukit Panjang New Town is a planned community located in the western part of Singapore. It is surrounded by Bukit Timah Road, Dairy Farm Road, the Bukit Timah Expressway, and the Kranji Expressway. A portion of this town is situated on a low-lying, elongated hill – the plateau of which encompasses a number of elementary schools and high schools including, two of which are Zhenghua Primary School and Greenridge Secondary School. The town is located next to the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, and is bordered by the BKE and the KJE expressways.


Bukit Panjang is adjacent to two of Singapore's major highways, the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) and Kranji Expressway (KJE), and is a quick gateway to and from other towns. As such, many drivers coming from the western parts of Singapore make use of Bukit Panjang's major roads as one of the ways to access the BKE, and, subsequently, the KJE.

The bus system and light rail are two forms of public transportation that serve this town.

The public bus system is predominantly SMRT Buses. Of the SMRT buses based in Bukit Panjang, some are intra-town "feeder-service" buses that serve the various neighbourhoods, some are used to ferry passengers into the Light Rail Transit system, and the rest are long-distance services that serve as a mode of transport to other towns and to the city.

The Bukit Panjang LRT Line

The driverless and fully automated Bukit Panjang LRT Line was completed on 11 June 1999 is estimated to be worth $2 billion. The rail line was intended to serve the growing town and act as a replacement to the many buses employed through the town, especially during rush hour.

Several petitions were presented by the residents of Bukit Panjang protesting the decision by SMRT to replace the buses in Bukit Panjang with the LRT system. Some of the complaints were related to the fact that people preferred the previous bus system that covered most parts of the Bukit Panjang neighbourhoods. The previous bus system was viewed as more efficient because it had many bus stops within walking distance; the LRT system has only 14 stations that are spaced hundreds of meters apart.

Despite the complaints, the residents of Bukit Panjang, as well as the residents of Choa Chu Kang, use the LRT on a daily basis. This is largely due to limited access to any other mode of transport after the bus services were cut in half.

The future Bukit Panjang MRT Station will also serve the town.

Housing, amenities, and attractions

Bukit Panjang Plaza shopping centre

Bukit Panjang is a quiet town compared to some of the older housing estates such as Toa Payoh, Ang Mo Kio and other more publicly discussed towns, but it has some major housing development under way.

The town consists of a mixture of old and new apartments (these dwellings are commonly called flats in Singapore) as well as condominiums. To date, there are three community centers (CC), including Bukit Panjang Community Club, Zhenghua Community Centre, and the newly built Senja-Cashew Community Centre, which serve the entertainment, recreational, and educational needs of residents.

Bukit Panjang Plaza (Chinese: 武吉班让大厦; Pinyin: wǔjíbānràng dàshà) is the largest shopping mall in Bukit Panjang. It is located in the heart of Bukit Panjang town and is near Bukit Panjang LRT Station and Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange. Located on Jelebu Road, the mall has expanded to include more shops in the building. The mall is owned by CapitaRetail which is another retail-based REIT by CapitaLand. The mall houses the Bukit Panjang Community Library as well as a NTUC FairPrice supermarket. Although it is smaller than other shopping malls in Singapore, Bukit Panjang Plaza has a reputation of being a food paradise in the area with the recent opening of many new restaurants.

In addition to Bukit Panjang Plaza, there are three smaller neighbourhood shopping malls equipped with hawker centres, supermarkets, and other basic shops to meet the basic necessities of the residents. These include Fajar Shopping Centre, Greenridge Shopping Centre, and the Bangkit Shopping Centre.

Bangkit Shopping Centre is a hive of activities on weekends and during the Lunar Chinese New Year Festivities this is the Chinatown of the west. Visitors will be surprised at the many and varied vendors in this shopping centre,they offer a big assortment of products at very competitive pricing.

The area has two parks, the Bukit Panjang Park and Zhenghua Park. Bukit Panjang Park is just right across from Bukit Panjang Plaza and wraps around a man-made pond. Zhenghua Park consists of a fitness area, gazebos, playgrounds, and a 2.5-kilometre cycling and jogging track that run alongside the Bukit Timah Expressway. The parks interconnect via a park connector which is a cycling and jogging track. This ensures the continuity of the existing tracks in both of the parks. At the edge of the man-made pond lies a sports complex and a community center managed by the Senja-Cashew Community Club. The sports complex and community club have an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a children's pool, badminton court, tennis courts, street soccer courts and rooms designed for specific purposes.

Educational institutions

Bukit Panjang Elementary-Level Schools & High Schools (as of 12/2005)

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