Woodlands: A self-contained town in the north

An evening view towards Johor from the jetty off Woodlands Waterfront Park (Pictures: Albert Chua/EdgeProp Singapore)
Before urbanisation occurred in the 1970s, the north coast of Singapore was filled with forests, plantations, and kampongs. One would see a densely wooded region from the Johor side of the Straits. In the past decades, the region has become a sprawling residential area aptly known as Woodlands.
Today, a part of the northern coast has been set aside for the Woodlands Waterfront Park, an 11ha public park that features a 1.5km waterfront promenade. Vantage points in the park, and along the 380m RMN Jetty, provide scenic views of the coast and the Straits of Johor.
The park is within the North Coast subzone, one of eight planning zones that make up the modern Woodlands planning area. The other subzones are Woodlands Regional Centre, Woodlands West, Woodgrove, Woodlands South, Woodlands East, Midview, and Greenwood Park.
The 11-hectre Woodlands Waterfront Park features a 1.5km promenade


Woodlands has more than 240,000 HDB residents compared to centrally located mature towns like Ang Mo Kio (144,000 HDB residents) and Toa Payoh (105,000 HDB residents). To serve its large population, Woodlands is a relatively self-contained town with many amenities and community services.
The area is served by three MRT stations on the North-South Line – Marsiling, Woodlands, and Admiralty. Later this year, residents can expect to enjoy better connectivity as Woodlands will become an interchange station for the North-South and Thomson-East Coast Lines. For the latter, two new stations, Woodlands North and Woodlands South, are also expected to be completed this year, according to the Land Transport Authority (LTA).
Woodlands is also served by the Seletar Expressway (SLE) and the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE). These two major highways connect Woodlands to other neighbourhoods like Yio Chu Kang via the SLE, and Bukit Panjang via the BKE.
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