To allow more Singaporeans to enjoy the historical former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (TPRS), the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) will open the State property to the public on Public Holidays, starting on 20 February 2015, the second day of the Lunar New Year, from 9am to 6pm.
2. Given its rich history and heritage value, the former TPRS has been a popular venue for private events, ranging from carnivals, pop-up restaurants to high-end fashion shows and product launches. Individuals and organisations have held exclusive events at the former TPRS by applying for a Non-renewable Temporary Occupation Licence from SLA.
3. In an effort to allow more Singaporeans to enjoy the State property, SLA called for an “Expression of Interest” on GeBIZ to study the feasibility of expanding the interim use of the former TPRS to possibly house food stalls serving local fare in August 2014. However, as there was insufficient interest given its short tenure for interim use, we were not able to proceed with the tender.
4. Nevertheless, by opening up the former TPRS to the public on public holidays, we hope that more people will use the opportunity to visit the historical monument for strolls, take photos or to partake in its history. SLA will continue to explore other ways to open the former TPRS for events and activities so that more Singaporeans will get to enjoy its history and charm. For example, a flea market organised by Public Garden will be held at the platform of the former TPRS later this month.