Toa Payoh: Introduction

11 January 2007

Toa Payoh District is located in the North Region; and the district comprises Toa Payoh New Town, Potong Pasir Estate, Sennett Estate, Upper Aljunied Estate and the future Woodleigh Estate.

Toa Payoh is the second satellite town of Singapore. Development of the town started in 1964, hence it is the first new town to be planned and built solely by HDB.

'Payoh' originates from the Malay word 'paya' for swamp; thus Toa Payoh is the Chinese equivalent of Paya Lebar, meaning "big swamp land". This "big swamp land" refers to the swampy Kallang Basin bounded by Serangoon Road, Macpherson Road, Aljunied Road, Geylang Road and Lavender Street, which is below high tide level. Surplus earth from the clearance and development of Toa Payoh was transported to reclaim Kallang Basin for industrial and housing development.

English Name: Toa Payoh
Chinese Name: 大巴窑
Year of urban development: 1964
Total Area: 845 hectares
Neighbourhoods: 12
Population: 125,600
Region: North Region
Heritage Road Corridor: Thomson
Postal District:
1231 (Toa Payoh New Town)
1334 (Sennett Estate & Woodleigh Estate)
1335 (Potong Pasir Estate & Woodleigh Estate)
1336 (Upper Aljunied Estate & Woodleigh Estate)

NS18 Braddell
NS19 Toa Payoh
NE10 Potong Pasir
NE11 Woodleigh
CC11 Tai Seng
CC12 Bartley
CC17 Caldecott

Pan Island Expressway (PIE)
Central Expressway (CTE)
North – South Expressway (NSE) (under construction)

Bus Interchange:
Toa Payoh Bus Interchange


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