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SINGAPORE: As part of plans to rejuvenate Ang Mo Kio town, upgrades will be coming to the town centre and swimming complex, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Saturday (Jan 14).

“Every year, we refresh our plans, we roll out ideas for new homes, improve schools, new parks, new cycling ways, new facilities, keeping everything up to date but this is a work which never ends,” Mr Lee said at a development plan exhibition event in Ang Mo Kio.

The central spine of Ang Mo Kio town centre will be improved and made more barrier-free and accessible for people in wheelchairs and those who use personal mobility vehicles.

There will also be more sheltered rest areas and shade provided through planting more trees and landscaping, Mr Lee added.

“We will also work with the shops, to upgrade the facades and shopfronts, to make it a nice place to shop so people will come.”

Work on the town centre will start “soon” after Chinese New Year, and should take 12 to 15 months to complete, said Mr Lee.

The swimming pool Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 will be made into an ActiveSG park. Shelter for the lap pool will be added, while other facilities such as a gym, studios and futsal and multipurpose courts will also arrive.

Mr Lee also said that transport connectivity in Ang Mo Kio will be enhanced with a direct link to the city centre via the North-South Corridor, which is under construction.

“We are also working on the Cross Island Line and you can see the works already under way.”

Mr Lee said in August 2022 that the first phase of upgrades to Ang Mo Kio town centre was expected to be completed as early as the second quarter of 2023.