I left my office at Woodlands Police Division at about 6 pm and decided to hike to Yew Tee via the Rail Corridor North. At that hour, the road traffic along Woodlands Ave 3 was very heavy and the amount of toxic fumes from the vehicle exhaust could blacken and damage the fine lining of my lungs. It was a wrong timing to choose for such a hike but I just wanted to explore the Rail Corridor North since its opening.
I felt relieved when I entered into the green corridor opposite Kranji MRT (Kranji Node) where both sides of the pathways greeted me with tall lalang grass, wild shrub and trees. As I walked further down to Sungei Kadut Industrial Park, the deafening noises from the zooming vehicles subsided and the surrounding atmosphere became calm and tranquil. At Jalan Bumbong where the Woodlands Park Landed estate was located, I saw a long queue of heavy vehicles queuing their way towards Woodlands Checkpoint. This northern part of Singapore shared the congestion and chaos of the bustling city state.
At this late evening, the rail corridor trail was extremely quiet and deserted. I would not suggest a lady walking in isolation along this track at this hour. I recalled the horrendous rape cum murder case of Winnifred Teo along Old Holland Road in 1985 and history can repeat itself. Moreoever, there is no lamp-post lighting erected along the pathway. As the trail enters into Yew Tee, there is the distant lighting from the nearby condos and HDB flats but they are rather dim.
The distinctive landmarks along this corridor from Woodlands to Yew Tee includes the Kranji Turf Club, Kranji War Memorial, Grave of our first President Yusok Ishak, Woodlands Park landed estate, Mandai Industrial Park, Sungei Industrial Park, Pang Sua Canal and Villa Verde Landed Estate.
I reached Yew Tee around 7.15 pm. It took me more than an hour to walk from Woodlands Police Station to Yew Tee. Nonetheless, it is a good exercise for me and a new experience exploring the Rail Corridor.