Thomson Road, Singapore

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Thomson Road towards the city centre. Thomson Road.JPG
Thomson Road towards the city centre.
Thomson Road beneath Lornie Viaduct, near the Braddell Road junction. Thomson Road, Singapore.jpg
Thomson Road beneath Lornie Viaduct, near the Braddell Road junction.
Thomson Road beneath Lornie Viaduct. Thomson Road.jpg
Thomson Road beneath Lornie Viaduct.

Thomson Road (Chinese :汤申路) is a major trunk road linking Singapore's central business district with the northern suburban areas. The road is named after John Turnbull Thomson, a Scotsman who was the Government Surveyor and Chief Engineer of the Straits Settlements from 1841 to 1853 and who helped build many roads into the interior of Singapore beyond the core of the city centre in the south. [1]

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Trunk road type of major road, usually connecting major settlements

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It was known to the Chinese as Chia Chui Kang, literally meaning "freshwater stream" in reference to the Kallang River which crosses the road in its upper reaches near the traditional core area of present-day Ang Mo Kio. Thus, it was also known as Ang Kio Tau, meaning "head of the red bridge", the same bridge which may have given Ang Mo Kio its name. It also had a Tamil name, Thanir Pilei Sadakku, literally meaning "water-pipe street".

Kallang River longest river in Singapore

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Ang Mo Kio Planning Area and HDB Town in North-East Region ----, Singapore

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Thomson Road continues northwards as Upper Thomson Road (Chinese :汤申路上段).


The present day Thomson Road begins at a major road junction with Keng Lee Road, Kampong Java Road, Cavenagh Road and Norfolk Road, and leads northwards through the Novena residential area. It passes by Toa Payoh before continuing on as Upper Thomson Road at the junction with Braddell Road and Lornie Road. It skims along the western edge of Bishan and Ang Mo Kio, which also passes through quite a few private residential estates, Thomson Plaza and The Singapore Island Country Club. Towards the end, after Springleaf Estate, the road crosses junction with Mandai Road, where it continues northwards via Sembawang Road. It is also the site of Saint Joseph Institution International, Ministry of Youth and many more.

Novena, Singapore Planning Area in Central Region ----, Singapore

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Toa Payoh Planning Area and HDB Town in Central Region ----, Singapore

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Outer Ring Road System

The Outer Ring Road System, or more commonly known as ORRS, is a network of major arterial roads in Singapore that forms a ring road through the towns along the city fringe. The ORRS is a semi-expressway, just like the West Coast Highway. Since 1994, roads along the ORRS have been upgraded in stages to provide a smoother route to travel across the island. Roads and interchanges along the ORRS are constantly being upgraded to cater to the ever increasing traffic demand. It starts as Portsdown Avenue in Queenstown and ends as Tampines Avenue 10 in Tampines. The series of roads passes through the areas of Queenstown, Bukit Timah, Central Catchment Nature Reserve, Bishan, Toa Payoh, Geylang and Tampines.

This road also is affected by the North-South Corridor construction.


The Thomson Road connected the city centre to the former British Naval Base at Seletar. The road was originally known as Thomson Road till the 9th mile, after which the name was Seletar Road (for no apparent reason). This resulted in confusion as the British naval and air bases, were then both known as Seletar. In response to this, parts of the road were renamed in 1939. It was determined that the road would be called Thomson Road till the Yio Chu Kang junction, whereupon it was to become Upper Thomson Road till the Mandai Road junction. From the Mandai Road junction till the sea, it was named as Sembawang Road. The name Seletar Road was dropped. [2] In 1959, the Singapore rural board renamed the stretch of road from the junction of Braddell and Thomson Roads to the junction of Mandai and Sembawang Roads, as Upper Thomson Road. [3]

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