Woodlands is home to an estimated HDB resident population of 241,900, and there are 64,602 HDB flats in the town (as of 31 March 2017).
Why Should You Live in Woodlands?
Leisure and Recreation
Recreational facilities can be easily located around the estates and especially in parks. The multi-purpose Woodlands Stadium and Woodlands Swimming Complex are familiar places for sport-goers.
Causeway Point, one of the largest shopping malls in Singapore, houses 250 shops and restaurants, providing residents in the North a one-stop destination for their food and retail needs. Woodlands Civic Centre is a designated centre of education, public services, and other forms of assistance for residents. The centre houses the four-storey Woodlands Regional Library, several banks, Central Provident Fund (CPF) Woodlands Branch and educational institutions.
Accessibility and Transportation
Being located immediately across from Johor Bahru across the Straits of Johor, Woodlands is highly accessible, connected by major roads and expressways, with a relatively large bus interchange, the Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange, and an elevated train station next to Causeway Point at Woodlands Square.
Residents of Woodlands are currently serviced by three Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations:
- Woodlands MRT Station in the centre
- Marsiling MRT Station to the west
- Admiralty MRT Station to the east
Land transportation in Woodlands is relatively efficient, in comparison to other estates, contrasting by the amount of well-maintained roads, though a common sight in Singapore. Twelve avenues support and help circulate all of the traffic of the town, especially the notable ones, such as Avenue 2, Avenue 3 and Avenue 7, which come from the expressways.
Any Future Plans for Woodlands?
Woodlands is also one of the towns selected for the third batch of the Remaking Our Heartland programme, with plans to create more recreational spaces along Woodlands Waterfront. As Woodlands develops into a regional centre, its transport infrastructure will also improve to make travelling around Woodlands smoother and faster.
Access to Woodlands will be made more comfortable with the introduction of the 43-km long Thomson-East Coast MRT Line from 2019 onwards, which will create two additional stations in Woodlands, namely Woodlands North and Woodlands South. Both of these stations are adjacent to the existing Woodlands station on the North-South Line. All three stations will be completed by 2019 and open as the first phase of the new line. This will facilitate more convenient transportation within Woodlands town itself.
A future rapid transit link, the Johor Bahru–Singapore Rapid Transit System, will have its Singapore terminus at Woodlands North, improving access between Johor Bahru and Singapore.
Also, the developing Rapid Transit System (RTS) connection between Singapore and Johor Bahru will be linked to the Woodlands North MRT station on the Thomson Line. When the RTS is completed, Woodlands will see an increase of commercial vibrancy, as 30-hectare area around the station and Causeway Point will be developed into a new retail hub.