On 24 May 2010, the leaders of Singapore and Malaysia agreed that the Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB station) should be moved to the Woodlands Train Checkpoint by 1 July 2011, and will co-locate its railway Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) facility there. Furthermore, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Passenger Terminal building and the old Bukit Timah Railway Station building at Blackmore Drive, given their historical significance, would be conserved.
In September 2010, Malaysia agreed to accept the land swap offer by Singapore for four land parcels in Marina South and two pieces in Orphir-Rochor in exchange for the land parcels of KTM land in Tanjong Pagar, Kranji, Woodlands and Bukit Timah. This gave the Singapore government freedom to develop the entire railway land after 1 July 2011.
Before the land is closed for the removal of the tracks, Singaporeans from all walks of life wanted to walk down memory lane by hiking along the tracks. SE was no exception. We started that morning at bus stop B17 near Sugei Kadut and ended our hike at the Old Bukit Timah Railway Station.
It was an interesting hike with a lot of different things to see. From enjoying nature to learning a little about the people who kept the place going when we explored whatever buildings that were left. We had a great time bonding. This was also one of the rare occasions when Serpent and the Ventures hiked with us.
Our day was finished off with a late lunch at McDonald's at King Albert Park. It was a really hot day, but we were glad to have covered 6.4 km in 5 hours.