SLA and LTA announced the acquisition of Raffles Country Club (RCC) for the KL-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR), Cross Island MRT Line’s (CRL) Western Depot and other transport related needs on 4 January 2017.
During the Leaders’ Retreat on 13 Dec 2016 between the Prime Ministers of Singapore and Malaysia, it was announced that the HSR would cross the Straits of Johor via a 25m high bridge near the Tuas Second Link. The RCC site was the most suitable location to run the at-grade HSR tracks immediately after the bridge crossing, and to place the tunnel portal leading to the underground tunnels that would take the HSR to the Jurong East terminus. The site will also be used for required HSR crossover tracks and a HSR siding facility to stop a train near the border for safety and security reasons, as well as the CRL’s western depot for stabling and maintenance facilities, and other transport related needs, which may include train testing facilities.
SLA CE said, “The Government does not take acquisition lightly and considers all options including the technical and suitability details before making the acquisition. Under the Land Acquisition Act, the club will be compensated full market value, and SLA will work closely with the club’s management and assist the club throughout the acquisition process.”
RCC is a 2 x 18-hole golf club which occupies a site area of around 143 ha. The club is required to hand over the land to SLA by 31 July 2018.