Thomson-East Coast Line 2 to open in later part of 2020

Vernon Lee
Senior Editor
Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan (centre, holding helmet) visited Springleaf MRT station on Friday, 17 January 2020 to be updated on the progress of Thomson-East Coast Line 2 construction. PHOTO: Vernon Lee/Yahoo News Singapore

SINGAPORE — The second stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL2) is set to open in the later part of this year, with 90 per cent of works already completed, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Friday (17 January).

TEL2 links six stations from Springleaf to Caldecott with two interchange stations at Bright Hill and Caldecott. Bright Hill will link to the future Cross Island Line, while Caldecott will link to the existing Circle Line.

On Friday afternoon, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan visited Springleaf MRT station, alongside Members of Parliament Lee Bee Wah and Sitoh Yih Pin, as well as LTA officials. The minister was briefed on the progress of the TEL2 construction.

In a post on his Facebook page, Khaw said on Friday that the authorities will announce the opening date of TEL2 in a few months’ time.

“The engineers are confident that the project is on track, for opening this year. Systems are still being tested and finishing touches to the stations are still ongoing,” he added.

The 43km TEL - Singapore’s sixth MRT Line - will add 32 new stations to the rail network, with eight interchange stations.

The Thomson-East Coast Line will open in five stages, beginning later this month and completing in 2024.

The first stage of TEL - TEL1, comprising Woodlands North, Woodlands and Woodlands South stations - will start operations on 31 January.

When fully operational in 2024, the TEL is expected to serve about 500,000 commuters initially, and about 1 million commuters in the long term.

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