I was at Orchard Road doing heritage research when I came across the notice. It was a total surprise as I did not know of a "pedestrian underpass connecting Specialist Shopping Centre to Centrepoint Shopping Centre".
The people I asked (on MSN Messenger) did not know of its existence either. In fact when I asked the question, "how do you get to Centrepoint from Somerset MRT Station", the answer was invariably, "use the traffic light lor". They mean the pedestrian crossing in front of Orchard Emerald.
This is disturbing because people my generation are supposed to be "shopping queens". How can we not know about a tunnel under Orchard Road unless it is a secret?
It gets even more disturbing when I found what appears to be contradictory information. In Serving Singapore: A Hundred Years of Cold Storage, 1903-2003,
Another "first" that Cold Storage contributed to the construction industry was the escalators which serviced the 24-metre long pedestrian subway under Orchard Road which connected Centrepoint to the Somerset Mass Rapid Transit station in Killiney Road. Construction first started in October 1982 and the Company invested $5 million to provide easy access for shoppers, occupants and pedestrians to Centrepoint from Killiney Road.
Where was one end of the underpass/subway? Somerset MRT Station or Specialist Shopping Centre? How can the underpass be only 24 meters when the MRT station is 2 roads away from Centrepoint? If Specialist Shopping Centre is correct, then the underpass would cut across Orchard Road diagonally, unlike others along the shopping district.
Mighty Minds 2005 Edition Map. An underpass is visible, connecting Centrepoint to the car park opposite.
Thanks to the map, we now have three different exits for the underpass - car park, Specialist Shopping Centre and MRT Station.
Help! Can somebody shed some light on this??
The mysterious underpass may resurface as a new underground linkway connecting Orchard Central and Centrepoint. It is slated to open early next year, according to this source.
Update on Oct 3, 2009:
Thanks to all who commented, the mystery is solved. There was indeed a
From Ray Tyers' Singapore : then and now. I can see an entrance and staircase on the right - my secret tunnel.