Sentosa Boardwalk opens in Singapore
Sentosa Development Corporation has announced the opening of the Sentosa Boardwalk – the latest addition to the Singapore resort island’s transport network. Launched by Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Teo Chee Hean, the new footbridge spans 700 metres between Sentosa and mainland Singapore, and features five garden-themed landscapes and 10 canopy-covered travellators.
As part of Sentosa’s SG$300 million (US$233 million) Transport Management Plan, the Sentosa Boardwalk was designed and built to prepare for a major rise in guest arrival numbers across Sentosa, which exceeded 17 million in 2010 (January-December), a near three-fold increase compared with the year before.
The new link offers travellers panoramic views of the habour before entering Sentosa. Upon crossing the Sentosa Boardwalk, guests can visit the newly-opened Sentosa Visitor Centre, which showcases the attractions and activities available on the island.
“With the opening of this Sentosa Boardwalk, which can accommodate a large throughput of 8,000 people per hour per direction, we believe it will lift the travel experience of our guests and equip us in handling even bigger crowds in the years to come. We encourage everyone to connect to the Sentosa Boardwalk from the MRT line or public bus services at Harbourfront, and enjoy a scenic stroll to Sentosa,” said Dr Loo Choon Yong, Chairman of the Sentosa Development Corporation, at the opening event.
Red Line and Yellow Line bus services will now include an additional stop at Resorts World Sentosa’s car park, below the Sentosa Visitor Centre. Alternatively, the nearest Sentosa Express monorail station (Waterfront Station) is a five-minute walk from the Sentosa Visitor Centre.
“Making our guests’ experience as seamless as possible continues to be a priority,” said Mike Barclay, CEO of the Sentosa Development Corporation. “With so much to be enjoyed across Sentosa, we recognised the need for the Sentosa Visitor Centre to help our guests digest what is on offer and to decide on their itinerary for the day. Our staff and our interactive kiosks will help visitors to orientate themselves around Sentosa’s play zones and customise their outings according to their preferences. For our tech-savvy guests, we are also preparing
to roll out interactive services and mobile applications to make it even more convenient to access information about the island, our packages and our services.”
The Sentosa Boardwalk is intended to become a popular leisure destination in itself. Guests can experience five tropical landscapes, namely mangrove, rock garden, terrain and hill, coastal flora and rainforest. By creating these tropical landscapes over an area of 2,870m2, Sentosa aims to attract bird and butterfly species to the Sentosa Boardwalk and encourage greater biodiversity. More than 138 plant species, or 40,700 plants, have been rooted along the bridge to provide guests with shade and, over time, greenery.
Adding to the al fresco setting, the Sentosa Boardwalk also features four food and beverage outlets (Gelateria Venezia, Ooh! Cr