Choa Chu Kang (officially recognized as the Choa Chu Kang New Town and historically known as Chua Chu Kang) is a major residential town and neighbourhood and is a suburban area in the West Region of Singapore. Originally a kampung village, the area has been rapidly developed under the ambition of the Housing and Development Board (HDB) to transform it into a modern township. The town now comprises seven neighbourhoods, including three large ones: Choa Chu Kang, Yew Tee and Teck Whye.
Etymology and historyEdit
Choa Chu Kang's name is derived from its historical core at the former site of Chua Chu Kang Village located near the junction of Choa Chu Kang Road and Jalan Sungei Poyan, currently occupied by the grounds of the National Shooting Centre which comes under the purview of Singapore Shooting Association. The name began to be applied to the general area around the village when Choa Chu Kang Road, a main arterial road linking the village to Upper Bukit Timah Road towards the east was built.
The name "Choa Chu Kang" is derived from the Teochew word "kang chu". In the nineteenth century, Chinese immigrants to plant gambier and pepper along the river banks of Choa Chu Kang, although many migrated to Johor to the north at the encouragement of the Temenggong of Johor. The plantation owners were known as Kangchu - the word "kang" means river and "chu" means "owner" or "lord", referring to the headman in charge of the plantations in the area. "Choa" is the clan name of the first headman.
Choa Chu Kang was a diverse area with old kampong housing and rubber plantations. Residents had to depend on boats or bullock carts for transportation. Among the few villages which sprang up were Kampong Belimbing and Chua Chu Kang Village. Interestingly, most of the inhabitants belonged to the Teochew dialect group. The early Teochew settlers were mainly farmers growing gambier and pepper. The Hokkiens, who moved in later, established pineapple, rubber and coconut plantations as well as vegetable farms and poultry farms. In the early days, tigers used to roam in the area. The last tiger of Singapore was shot here in the 1930s.
Kampong Belimbing, Chua Chu Kang Village and Kampong Berih was demolished in phases from 1993 to 1998. It was replaced by National Shooting Centre and military plot (Cemetery North) and (Jalan Bahar). The Cemetery North is gazetted as an army restricted and live-firing area from 19 September 2003. The Jalan Bahar is gazetted as an army restricted and live-firing area from 16 March 2001.
The name Choa Chu Kang is used for Choa Chu Kang Road and its nearby facilities. However, the original name Chua Chu Kang is retained in the cemetery area.
In 2010, Unity Secondary School hosted one of the legs of the torch relay of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games.
New town era (1980s)Edit
The new town era had been evolved since 1985 where Teck Whye was developed (the first HDB blocks since 1980), and it was extended to N2, N3 and N4 by 1992 with the cutting short of Choa Chu Kang Road. Yew Tee was developed by 1997, with N5, N6 and N7 being put up and deployed.
There is still a military training area at Yew Tee/Kranji Camp premises, which is since 6 February 2002. The camps are Kranji and Mowbray Camps.
Choa Chu Kang also had their new neighbourhood being completed, the Neighbourhood 8 by 2015. On 25 April 2015, bus services such as 300, 301 and 983 were being enhanced for their needs of residents. Bus service 301 and 983 took over the deleted portions of service 300. On 27 December 2015, service 983 will also be extended via Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1, Choa Chu Kang Avenue 7, Choa Chu Kang Grove, Choa Chu Kang Way, Choa Chu Kang Road, Upper Bukit Timah Road, Petir Road, Jelebu Road all the way to Bukit Panjang to enhance connectivity to the Downtown MRT Line.
Choa Chu Kang New TownEdit
Template:Infobox Singapore neighbourhood Choa Chu Kang New Town is a new town built in the north-western part of Singapore. An expansion of the existing Teck Whye Estate at the junction of Choa Chu Kang Road and Woodlands Road, it currently comprises seven neighbourhoods and incorporating Teck Whye Estate as part of neighbourhood one.
It lies in Chua Chu Kang Group Representation Constituency.
When Choa Chu Kang Town was built by expanding Teck Whye Estate near the other end of Choa Chu Kang Road at its junction with Upper Bukit Timah Road and Woodlands Road to the north, the place name began to be applied to a much larger area, especially when political divisions like the Choa Chu Kang ward applied to the entire northwest sector of the country during some editions of the Parliamentary elections. Likewise, the residents' committees in Choa Chu Kang were expanded in 1988 and 1991, and part of Chua Chu Kang sector had given way to Yew Tee division, followed by Keat Hong division in 2001. The growing demand of Keat Hong Neighbourhood 8 also requested for redrawing of boundaries whereby Limbang ward took over the parts of Yew Tee and Choa Chu Kang, giving a nice feel of Neighbourhood 5 and 6. Today, the Yew Tee and Limbang wards fall within the Marsiling-Yew Tee Group Representation Constituency and the rest of the town such as Keat Hong and Chua Chu Kang fall within the Chua Chu Kang Group Representation Constituency.
There are currently eight primary schools and six secondary schools in Choa Chu Kang New Town along with a junior college. Choa Chu Kang is home to the newest addition to ITE College West which was constructed and completed by 2010.
- South View Primary School
- Concord Primary School
- Unity Primary School
- Chua Chu Kang Primary School
- Teck Whye Primary School
- De La Salle School
- Kranji Primary School
- Yew Tee Primary School
- Chua Chu Kang Secondary School
- Kranji Secondary School
- Regent Secondary School
- Teck Whye Secondary School
- Unity Secondary School
Tertiary education institutionsEdit
Bukit Panjang Government High SchoolEdit
Bukit Panjang Government High School (Abbreviation: BPGHS) is a secondary school in Choa Chu Kang, a residential town in the western part of Singapore. According to the new school ranking system put in place in 2004, BPGHS is a Band 1 school as of 2009, making it one of the top secondary schools in Singapore. Timothy Mok had saw some students in 2009 at IMM Building.
City planners plan for public transport to eventually become the preferred mode of transport in the future. The government of Singapore ideally desires environmental towns, using public transport to reduce pollution caused by heavy road traffic. Choa Chu Kang is part of the Urban Redevelopment Authority's focus for realising this urban planning model and is still undergoing an expansion of its town. As Choa Chu Kang is relatively distant from the city centre at the Central Area, an efficient, high-volume and high-speed public transport system is also preferred to using road networks.
The Choa Chu Kang MRT Station, Choa Chu Kang LRT Station and Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange are conveniently connected to one another in the town centre to allow seamless travel for the residents of Choa Chu Kang New Town across the different available modes of public transport.
Choa Chu Kang New Town is linked to the Central Area and to the other lines on the MRT/LRT system (to the East-West Line at Jurong East Station, to the Circle Line at Bishan Station, and the North East Line at Dhoby Ghaut Station) through the North South Line (NSL) at Choa Chu Kang Station (NS4) located at Choa Chu Kang Town Centre. It usually takes an hour for passengers to travel from Choa Chu Kang to the Central Area which changes at Jurong East.
The intra-town Bukit Panjang LRT is a 7.8 km light rail line that serves to link residents to the town centre and the nearby town of Bukit Panjang, hence the line's name. It is a fully driverless system.
Yew Tee Station, the other station along NSL in Choa Chu Kang New Town, serves the housing developments in Yew Tee, the industrial estate of Sungei Kadut, and the northern part of Choa Chu Kang New Town. The station started operations on 10 February 1996. Like Choa Chu Kang, it usually takes an hour for passengers to travel from Yew Tee to the Central Area when using the station which changes at Jurong East.
- Main article: Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange
Bus services are available at the Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange which is connected to the Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT Station and the town's central shopping mall Lot One Shoppers' Mall. It was opened in 1990 with 12 bus services, all operated under SMRT Corporation. Bus services at the interchange allow residents from Choa Chu Kang New Town to travel to other parts of the country, including the Central Area while some are specifically used to travel around the Choa Chu Kang town and even to Yew Tee.
The bus interchange currently only has 12 services; 11 of which are SMRT Buses (including 3 intra-town services), the other a special free shuttle to Qian Hu Fish Farm. Typically passenger traffic is often very high in morning and evening peak hours.
Like other bus interchanges in Singapore, the interchange is still and was originally constructed as an open-air structure. However, the upgrading of interchange to become fully air-con is under consideration, and it will only complete a decade later.
With the opening of Downtown Line Stage 2, Service 979 will be launched on 27 December from Bukit Panjang to Yew Tee when DTL 2 is open. This bus service will be amended to ply Stagmont Ring instead of plying KJE in the near future when the modification work at the junction of Woodlands Road and Stagmont Ring and Woodlands Road as this will increase coverage of CCK North 5, and the faster connection will however serve additional estates (979M), to Kranji/Mowbray Camps that was neglected for a long time. It will be introduced on SG51 Public Holiday (7 August / 9 August 2016). SMRT 983 which was introduced on 25 April 2015 was extended to loop at Jelebu Road on 27 December as part of the DTL2 Service enhancement as well as connecting to main amenities around Bukit Panjang such as BPP and the Hillion Mall which finished constructions in 2017, connect new housing estate in Choa Chu Kang such as Keat Hong Axis, Keat Hong Colours. Service 975 first bus stop was also move to Petir Road (Bt Panjang Stn) to better connect to Downtown Line. Currently, double decker buses are deployed on bus services 67, 172, 188, 190, 308, 983 & 985. 300 & 302 are the last bus routes to be converted to use double deckers after the articulated buses starts retiring in 2017.
The Kranji Expressway (KJE) links Choa Chu Kang New Town up with Singapore's expressway network. With the KJE, drivers can change onto the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) which in turn, is connected to the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) which travels to the Central Area and the eastern parts of Singapore. As the town is surrounded by the towns of Bukit Panjang, Bukit Batok, Bukit Gombak and southern Woodlands, many roads (old and new) have been constructed to link Choa Chu Kang into other towns which eventually allows residents to other parts of the country by either bus, train, car or any other reliable means of transportation.
- Bukit Batok Road (links Choa Chu Kang with Bukit Batok and Jurong East)
- Choa Chu Kang Road
- Upper Bukit Timah Road (northern section connects with Choa Chu Kang Road)
- Teck Whye Avenue
- Bukit Panjang Road
- Brickland Road
- Woodlands Road
Choa Chu Kang Drive is a road in Singapore. It was built in various phases:
- 14 January 1990: Part 1 from Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1 to Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4
- 8 May 1993: Part 2 from Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 to KJE
- 12 October 1994: Part 3 from KJE to Choa Chu Kang North 6
- 20 January 1996: Part 4 from Choa Chu Kang North 6 to Choa Chu Kang North 7
- 14 November 1998: Part 5 from Choa Chu Kang North 7 to the dead end
Choa Chu Kang Way is a road in Singapore. It was built various times -
- 10 June 1988: Choa Chu Kang Way (Part 1), from Choa Chu Kang Road to Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1
- 22 January 1990: Choa Chu Kang Way (Part 2), from Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1 to Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4
- 12 June 1993: Choa Chu Kang Way (Part 3), from Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 to Kranji Expressway
- 25 March 1996: Choa Chu Kang Way (Part 4), from KJE to Sungei Kadut
Brickland Road is a road in Bukit Batok, Singapore, connecting Choa Chu Kang Road and Bukit Batok Road together. It was opened on 11 June 2007. Motorists can now save up to 10 minutes in commuting time with the completion of the Brickland Road extension, which joins Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3 to Bukit Batok Road. Construction began in March 2006 after the relocation of Keat Hong Camp and the closure of two army camps, which has been reallocated to the former Volvo Assembly Plant, which has been shifted to ComfortDelGro Engineering.
Tengah area has been earmarked for housing in the distant future, see URA Masterplans in 2007 and 2012. After the moving of Keat Hong Camp den it is possible to build this road. good news as cck is basically "locked" by Stagmont Camp and Woodlands Road to the east, Sungei Kadut to the north, Kranji Camp to the west, and Gombak Hill to the south. Choa Chu Kang Way is increasingly congested during peak hours.
The Brickland Road resembles Jalan Bahar, where it will go from Timothy Road to Lamp East, which it also connects to the Timothy North Airport.
There are two main shopping centres in Choa Chu Kang. They are Lot One, the main shopping mall by CapitaLand and it is a major hub in Choa Chu Kang, where anchor tenants are NTUC FairPrice, Shaw Theatres, BHG, Cotton On and Choa Chu Kang Community Library. The other two shopping malls that are in Choa Chu Kang include Yew Tee Square and Yew Tee Point which was located in Yew Tee, owned by Frasers Centrepoint. The mall has undergone enhancement works to create a four-storey retail extension block measuring over 16,500 sq ft (1,530 m2). The works, which commenced in July 2007, was completed by end-2008.
There are other shopping malls of which they are neighbourhood malls. They are Choa Chu Kang Centre, Keat Hong Shopping Centre, Limbang Shopping Centre, Sunshine Place and Teck Whye Shopping Centre. They are smaller scale and of which not many people will experience it.
There is also a Choa Chu Kang Polyclinic which was renovated in 2010.
Parks, recreational and sport venuesEdit
- Choa Chu Kang Park – a major park of the town located in the northern part of Choa Chu Kang.
- Choa Chu Kang Stadium – the town's major stadium which became a venue for practising during the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
- Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex – a sub-venue of Choa Chu Kang stadium located in Yew Tee and the town's only swimming complex.
- Tembusu Park
- Limbang Park
- Choa Chu Kang Mega Playground
In 2002, The Amazing Race came to a Housing Development Board flat in Choa Chu Kang to collect a clue from Singapore actor Gurmit Singh, who posed as Phua Chu Kang from the TV show Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd.
- ↑ Script error