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The New TEL (Thomson-East Coast) MRT Line

TEL alignment map

*LTA map

On August 15, 2014, the LTA announced that the southern end of the Thomson Line which serves the North South corridor will be extended eastwords to form the new TEL MRT line. In Singapore, the proximity to an MRT station helps to sell properties. The 13km East coast stretch will bring MRT travel to areas not currently served by the MRT system and increased connectivity to the East will be brought about by a 2.2km, 2-station extension of the Downtown Line (DTL) to join DTL To TEL. Here are some points about TEL:

  • Consists of the 22 station Thomson Line along the N-S corridor and the 9 station Eastern Region Line
  • Seamless connection from Woodlands in the North to the East Coast
  • Fully underground
  • Benefits of sscale, operational efficiency and common systems and trains
  • Total Length 43km
  • Total cost of S$24 billion, 6.8 billion for the Eastern Region Line
  • Total of 31 stations
  • Scale similar to N-S line and Downtown line
  • 7 private properties acquired
  • 7 interchanges 
  • Expected traffic - 500k passengers daily, increasing over time to 1mil daily
  • Alternative to E-W line for some commuters
  • Eastern end of the DL line to be linked up to TEL with the addition of 2 new stations
    • Downtown Line 3 extension (DTL3e) - 2.2km
    • Access to Changi Business Park and Expo areas
  • Travelling time saved (now served by MRT or MRT+Bus):
    • East coast to Orchard, 45mins instead of 75mins, saving 30mins
    • Woodlands to Marine parade, 1 hr, currently not possible by MRT, 80mins by bus
    • Marine parade to Shenton Way, 20mins instead of 40mins, 20mins saving
    • Marine parade to Jurong East, 50mins (via TEL, EWL) instead of 65mins, save 15mins
    • Upper East Coast to Ang Mo Kio, 45mins instead of 60min, save 15mins
  • New combined MRT and bus depot to be built next to the existing Changi Depot
    • Capacity for 220 trains from TEL, E-W and DTL lines and 550 buses
    • 36-hectares, multistorey
    • Combining and having several storeys saves 44 hectares
    • Existing depot to be demolished
  • East Region Line
    • 16km long
    • Serves new areas such as Siglap, Marine Parade, Upper East Coast and Bedok South
    • Construction of the Eastern Region Line to start in 2016.
    • First 7 stations - Tanjong Rhu to Bayshore - to be ready by 2023.
    • Last 2 stations of the Eastern Region Line - Bedok South and Sungei Bedok to Tanjong Rhu to be ready by 2024
    • Singapore's first underground bicycle parks
      • Marine Parade, Marine Terrace, Bayshore and Sungei Bedok Stations
      • More bicycle parts at all future stations

 Quick Milestones:

  • 2019 - 3 stations on the NEL line gets connected to the N-S Line at Woodlands MRT
  • 2020 - 6 new stations from Springleaf to Caldecott open
  • 2021 - 13 new stations from Mount Pleasant to Gardens by the Bay give direction access to the CBD, Marina Bay and Gardens By The Bay from the Woodlands
  • 2023 - 7 stations on the East Coast stretch open new access to the East Coast area currently not served by any MRT line
  • 2024 -  last 2 stations on the East Coast stretch connect to the DTL3e extenstion at Sungei Bedok and will relieve some pressure on the E-W line

To explore further:

  1. LTA Press Release: http://app.lta.gov.sg/apps/news/page.aspx?c=2&;id=3cc2e460-06ea-4245-a37f-df11b602ec7d
  2. For more graphics and maps, see asiaone's write-up - http://transport.asiaone.com/news/general/story/new-thomson-east-coast-line-run-through-estates-east-including-marine-parade
  3. For a list of stations on TEL, visit this website - http://sgwiki.com/wiki/Thomson-East_Coast_Line
  4. To download a pdf, go here: http://www.lta.gov.sg/content/dam/ltaweb/corp/PublicTransport/files/tsl-station-maps.pdf
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