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Early morning rail fares to be lowered, free pre-peak travel to cease: PTC

From end-Dec, early morning commuters can look forward to cheaper train fares if they tap in before 7.45am on weekdays, excluding public holidays. Fares will be lowered by up to 50 cents for pre-peak travellers, said PTC on…

Burst water pipe in Choa Chu Kang causes temporary disruption, brownish water supply

Some Choa Chu Kang residents experienced a temporary disruption of their water supply due to a burst water pipe on Sun, said the town council. The disruption, which lasted for 30 minutes due to “low water levels”, affected…

World record set at Tanjong Pagar Terminal to mark ‘end of an era’ of port operations there

Back in 1972, Mr Sreevardhanan Vasu Pillai joined PSA as a clerk and was responsible for keeping track of loose cargo that was unloaded at Keppel Terminal in wooden cases and gunny sacks. In his 45-year career with…

Changi Airport set for record number of passengers

Changi Airport is set for another year of record passenger numbers, with airlines adding more flights to existing destinations and including new ones as they ramp up for the year-end peak travel season. Close to 130 new flights…

Lattice80 tenants in the dark about move

What has been dubbed as Singapore’s largest fintech hub is vacating its premises by Dec, a move that has surprised the fintech start-ups working there as they were not given due notice. Lattice80, which runs a two-storey co-working…

Sowing the seeds of a garden city

Nestled in a gentle valley between Pasir Panjang and Canterbury roads, close to the back gate of the HortPark, more than 3,000 species of largely native plants grow. From pretty flowering plants that attract pollinators to various species…

Drive home the personal impact of excessive plastic bag use

Professor Ivan Png (Charging for plastic bags may have unintended costs; Oct 6) and Mr Phillip Tan Fong Lip (Be prepared for backlash after charging for plastic bags; Oct 27) have both accurately highlighted the unintended consequences that…

Learn how other cities tackle issue

If the authorities tasked with curbing the vehicle population in Singapore are serious, then they should start by taking a leaf out of the book of the Japanese authorities, and have owners prove that they have a place…

Think of new ways to curb demand for cars

I was dismayed to learn that the Government is adopting a zero-growth approach for the car and motorcycle populations in Singapore (LTA scraps vehicle growth rate; Oct 24). This means that an even smaller fraction of the population…

Cutting red tape in housing sales

HDB has stepped up to the plate of digital change by refining its resale procedures. The key benefit: Resale transaction time will be halved to eight weeks from next year. This will be achieved via an upgraded resale…

Too early to herald recovery

Data on the property market has been slightly more upbeat in recent months, after years of being weighed down by a combination of slow economic growth and market cooling measures. But it might be too early to herald…

Extend operating hours of buses, MRT trains for those out late at night

While there is a push for greater use of public transport and greater connectivity for commuters via buses and MRT trains lines, have we considered simple measures like extending the operating hours of public transport services? I was…

Acres and otter watchers looking into rescue of injured otter

An injured otter with a deep cut on its back was found swimming in a canal in Pasir Ris Park on Mon by a park visitor. Photos posted by Mr Abel Yeo in OtterWatch, a FB group for…

Marina Bay floating platform to be redeveloped to serve as primary venue for NDP

The Marina Bay floating platform will be redeveloped into a permanent space that commemorates NS, announced PM Lee Hsien Loong on Mon. It will be renamed NS Square, and will serve as the primary venue for NDP. “We…

Bed and personal items found in drain along KJE

Authorities are investigating after a bed and personal items like shoes and plastic bags were found in a drain along KJE. “PUB is aware of the possible human dwellings in the drain along KJE,” a PUB spokesperson told…

PE fined S$7,500 for failing to supervise water service works

A professional engineer (PE) has been fined S$7,500 for failing to supervise water service installation works at two residential developments in Geylang and Changi, as well as a commercial building in Changi, PUB said on Mon. Following feedback…

New Orchard Road development Design Orchard to launch open call for local designers

An open call for the new Design Orchard development in Orchard Road will be launched in Nov this year. The new development, which aims to boost local brands and showcase design talent, had its name and logo unveiled…

Burst water pipe at Upper Serangoon forces road closure

Lanes have been closed at Upper Serangoon Road due to “urgent pipe repair works” on Mon morning, said PUB. In a Twitter post at 5.05am, it added that all lanes towards Sengkang and Hougang were closed after Braddell…

NTU students want to make Yishun great again, one photo at a time

Yishun has always had a bit of a reputation for being home to the unusual – from residents creating a cactus “wall” to stop a neighbour from harassing them, to the man who attempted to break into a…

Leasehold favoured over freehold properties in current en bloc fever

Developers’ love for freehold property in residential en bloc sales in the past appears to have given way to a preference for leasehold assets in the current en bloc cycle. A Cushman & Wakefield study finds that the…

Bittersweet end for ice cream uncles?

A big yellow, red or blue umbrella covers a small motorcycle attached to a hawker cart. It is a welcome sight on a scorching day for Singaporeans and tourists – but the “ice cream uncle” is becoming harder…

Worst of retail property sector may be over

The retail property market remained subdued in the third quarter although the decline in rents moderated, URA said. Prices of retail space fell 0.9 per cent in the three months to Sept 30, compared with the second quarter.…

Tanglin Shopping Centre to make third bid to sell en bloc

An ageing Orchard Road landmark has become the latest to throw its hat into the collective sale ring. The owners of the strata-titled Tanglin Shopping Centre are making a third bid to sell the building en bloc, following…

Singapore in top 10 cities for sustainable transport

Singapore came in eighth globally in the 2017 Sustainable Cities Mobility Index from Arcadis, while it was placed third among the Asian countries. The city-state joins Hong Kong, which topped the intl list, along with Seoul which was…

AA REIT’s build-to-suit development at 51 Marsiling Road receives TOP

The manager of AIMS AMP Capital Industrial REIT (AA REIT) says it has received the TOP for its greenfield BTS development at 51 Marsiling Road on Oct 27. The building will be fully leased to a leading manufacturer,…

Pearl Bank Apartments tries to en bloc again at $728 million

Pearl Bank Apartments in Outram is making its fourth collective sale attempt at a reserve price of $728 million, after more than 80 percent of the owners consented to the sale, Colliers Intl said on Mon. The price…

Retail space prices dip 0.9% in Sept

Singapore’s retail space prices dipped by 0.9% in Q3, compared to the 3.2% decrease in Q2. According to URA, rentals decreased by 0.2%, softer than the 1.2% decrease in Q2. “The Singapore retail market has been fairly resilient…

The 7 deadly sins of Singapore property buyers

I could have chosen the title “7 Common Mistakes of Singapore Property Buyers”. But no one likes to admit that they have made a mistake. So I call it “7 Deadly Sins” instead to highlight the sinful “temptations”…

10 things property buyers need to know when buying or renting commercial property

The decision to buy or to rent a commercial or industrial property depends on many factors. If you are a business owner it is mostly about the economics of ownership versus that of renting. Here are 10 considerations…

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