Lakeside Gateway is a 112ha site located between Jurong Gateway and Lakeside. It is a mixed-use business precinct and home to the future Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail (HSR) terminus, the former Jurong Town Hall building and the current Science Centre. The area has a unique setting defined by surrounding greenery and extensive water bodies.
Lakeside Gateway will provide a wide range of business and employment opportunities, and diverse community and recreational facilities to serve residents, workers, the HSR passengers and visitors. The precinct will be seamlessly integrated with the rest of Jurong Lake District through green mobility networks. New developments will be connected to Jurong Gateway, the Jurong Lake Gardens and the new Science Centre at Lakeside, along with the existing and future transportation nodes within Jurong Lake District.
There will also be continuous waterfront access for residents and visitors. New developments could be sensitively integrated with green landscapes and waterways, creating a delightful environment for the community. Innovative urban infrastructure such as a district cooling system, pneumatic waste conveyance system and urban logistics could be deployed underground, to enhance district-level productivity, manpower-efficiency, and sustainability.
There are plans to integrate Lakeside Gateway with the surrounding areas, such as the International Business Park to the east, as well as Teban Gardens and Pandan Gardens to the south in the longer-term. This will create a larger and more organised development area that allows the addition of complementary facilities and services to support the vision and goals for Jurong Lake District.
Construction of the HSR is scheduled to take place from 2018 to 2025, followed by testing, commissioning and finally kick-off for the revenue service a year later.
The HSR line will run for 350km, with 335km in Malaysia and 15km in Singapore, and on two tracks going in opposite directions. It will comprise eight stops in total: Singapore, Iskandar Puteri, Batu Pahat, Muar, Ayer Keroh, Seremban, Putrajaya and KL.
Existing train services take up to 11 hours to journey between Singapore and KL. However, with the line able to reach top speeds of 300km/h, travel time between KL and Singapore is expected to drop to around 90 minutes - excluding clearance at customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ). There are, however, plans to co-locate CIQ checkpoints at Singapore, KL and Iskandar Puteri to facilitate “seamless travel”.
This means, for instance, that at the Jurong East terminus, one would be able to clear Singaporean immigration and a few steps later, Malaysian immigration before boarding the train, reaching KL and stepping out into the city centre itself.
Travel time for the HSR between Singapore and Iskandar Puteri in Johor Bahru is expected to take around 10 to 15 minutes.