Singapore’s iconic cable car opens new line on Sentosa Island
For over 40 years, millions have ‘soared’ through the skies from Mount Faber, through HarbourFront and onto Sentosa on board the Singapore Cable Car. Today, Mr Iswaran, Minister (Prime Minister’s Office) and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade & Industry, officially launched the new Sentosa Line, an extension of the existing Mount Faber cable car line. Together, the two lines form the Singapore Cable Car Sky Network.
The new Sentosa Line, a $78 million investment, will now allow guests to connect from Merlion Plaza to Siloso Point, on the western tip of the island. In line with SDC’s constant efforts to refresh the offerings on the island, the new line is one of several infrastructural enhancements that SDC has embarked on to enhance connectivity and accessibility on the island.
There are three cable car stations servicing the new Sentosa Line – the Merlion, Imbiah Lookout and Siloso Point Stations. Guests riding on this new line can conveniently make their way between the island’s many attractions and F&B offerings, while enjoying exceptional views over Sentosa’s tree canopy and Siloso Beach.
Mike Barclay, CEO of Sentosa Development Corporation said: “The new Sentosa Cable Car line will add great value to our guests riding on our Singapore Cable Car Sky Network. It offers a serene ride over our beautiful island, while also greatly improving access between Merlion Plaza, Mount Imbiah and Siloso Point. We expect it will become the preferred mode of transport for our guests wishing to access the western tip of Siloso Beach, as well as the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Hotel, Underwater World Singapore and Fort Siloso. It is also a great complement to our walking trails on Mount Imbiah and Siloso Point.”
One Cable Car Sky Network, Many Experiences
The nature walk continues when guests connect from the Sentosa Line to the Mount Faber Line which ‘flies’ them to Faber Peak Singapore.
Said Suzanne Ho, General Manager, Mount Faber Leisure Group (MFLG) which is a fully owned subsidiary of SDC: “Up here, you can join the park-goers on a different terrain that is also 100 metres above the sea where the weather is slightly cooler at the hilltop. In between their play day on Sentosa, guests can fly across to Faber Peak for a meal and back, or get to beach parties ‘by air’.”
Guests who wish to ride on both Lines are able to buy the Cable Car Sky Pass with an option to top up for unlimited rides. Overseas guests will enjoy a bonus because the new Sentosa Line will be included in the new Standard Sky Pass with no increase from the current price of $29, hence they get double the value with the Singapore Cable Car Sky Network. In celebration of SG50, MFLG is also launching a new pricing for Singaporeans and local residents who will enjoy almost 40 per cent in savings. Furthermore, MFLG is expecting to welcome its 50 millionth guest this year.
“There is even greater value to be enjoyed in our Faber Licence, which gives unlimited access all year round. Despite doubling the cable car experience with the new Sentosa Line, we will be holding our membership price which starts at just $39 for this Jubilee Year”, added Ms Ho.
Other than the views, the Sentosa Line gives guests convenient access to the attractions located in Merlion Plaza, Imbiah Lookout and Siloso Beach areas, including Resorts World Sentosa, The Merlion, Madame Tussauds Singapore, Images of Singapore LIVE, Skyline Luge Sentosa, Megazip Adventure Park, Wave House Sentosa, Fort Siloso and Underwater World Singapore as well as Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa.
Minister Iswaran also announced the launch of the new Fort Siloso Skywalk today, which will open to public on 15 July 2015. Towering above the treetops at 11 storeys high, this elevated bridge will lead guests on an aerial walking trail where guests will be able to walk above a canopy of treetops and chance upon the island’s many resident creatures, such as the white-bellied fishing eagle, plantain squirrel and pink-necked pigeon.
Fort Siloso, which has been a gated attraction, will permanently open its grounds for all to enjoy without charge. For those seeking in-depth knowledge of the historical site, a specially curated paid guided tour has been introduced and this will be offered free to Singaporeans and local residents from 15 July to 10 August.
As part of Sentosa’s SG50 celebrations, rides on the Singapore Cable Car Sky Network will also be free for Singaporeans and local residents from 9am to 9pm on 10 August. In addition, they will also get to enjoy free entry to The Sentosa Merlion attraction and The Wings of Time show during the Golden Jubilee Weekend. (Please refer to full list of Golden Jubilee Weekend promotions in Annex B)
Earlier this year, SDC announced that entry via the Sentosa Boardwalk is free all day every day, while those who drive or take a taxi into the island will enjoy free admission after 5pm on week days (excluding Public Holidays) till the end of 2015. A host of Sentosa SG50 and After 5 promotional offers are also available for guests to enjoy a fun time out on Sentosa to celebrate the nation’s Golden Jubilee.