Thomson–East Coast MRT line

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Thomson–East Coast Line
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Overview
Native name Malay: Laluan MRT Thomson-Pantai Timur
Chinese :汤申-东海岸地铁线
Tamil: தாம்சன் - ஈஸ்ட் கோஸ்ட் எம்ஆர்டி வழி
StatusOperational (Stages 1-2)
Under construction (Stages 3–5)
Under planning (extension to Changi Airport)
Owner Land Transport Authority
Locale Singapore
Termini Woodlands North
Caldecott
Gardens by the Bay (2022)
Bayshore (2024)
Sungei Bedok (2025)
Stations32 (9 operational, 23 under construction)
Service
Type Rapid transit
System Mass Rapid Transit (Singapore)
Services1
Operator(s) SMRT Trains Ltd (SMRT Corporation)
Depot(s) Mandai
East Coast (Future)
Rolling stock Kawasaki Heavy Industries & CRRC Qingdao Sifang CT251
Daily ridership28,517 (July 2020) [1]
History
Planned opening2022 (Stage 3) [lower-alpha 1] [2]
2024 (Stage 4)
2025 (Stage 5)
2027 (Founders' Memorial MRT station)
2040 (extension to Changi Airport)
Opened31 January 2020;23 months ago (2020-01-31) (Stage 1)
28 August 2021;4 months ago (2021-08-28) (Stage 2)
Technical
Line length17.2 km (10.7 mi) (Operational)
25.8 km (16.0 mi) (Under construction)
CharacterFully Underground [lower-alpha 2] [3]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 750 V DC third rail [4]
Operating speed90 km/h (56 mph)
Route map

Contents

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Springleaf
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Lentor
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Bright Hill
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Upper Thomson
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Caldecott
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Mount Pleasant
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Stevens
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Orchard
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Havelock
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Marina Bay
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Marina South
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Gardens by the Bay
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Founders' Memorial
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Tanjong Rhu
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Katong Park
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Tanjong Katong
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Marine Parade
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Marine Terrace
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Bayshore
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Bedok South
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Sungei Bedok
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future extension
to Changi Airport T5

The Thomson–East Coast Line (TEL) is a medium-capacity Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line in Singapore. [5] Coloured brown on the rail map, it is fully underground and, when complete, will serve 32 stations over 43 kilometres (27 mi) in length, becoming one of the world's longest driverless rapid transit lines. It runs along a combined north–south and east–west corridor, starting in the north at Woodlands town, passing through Upper Thomson and the towns of Ang Mo Kio and Bishan, before heading south to Orchard Road and Marina Bay, then running eastwards along the east coast through Kallang, Marine Parade and Bedok South, before ending at Upper East Coast.

The line was announced by the Land Transport Authority on 15 August 2014, merging the previously planned Thomson (TSL) and Eastern Region (ERL) lines. By then, construction of the Thomson Line had begun in January 2014. The line is set to be opened in 5 stages, with stage 1 (from Woodlands North to Woodlands South stations) which opened on 31 January 2020, stage 2 (from Springleaf to Caldecott stations) opened on 28 August 2021 [6] [7] and further stages up to stage 5 (from Bedok South to Sungei Bedok stations) opening between 2022 and 2025. In January 2019, an infill station Founders' Memorial station was announced, with the LTA considering to integrate the Changi Airport Branch into the TEL. When fully opened, it is expected to serve about 500,000 commuters daily in the initial years, rising to one million commuters daily in the long term. It is the fourth MRT line to be operated by SMRT Trains Ltd and also the fourth to be completely automated and driverless. The line is currently served by Mandai Depot, with another depot East Coast Integrated Depot opening in 2025, and services are operated by CT251 trains. [8]

New signage was introduced to all the stations along the Thomson-East Coast Line, which will see less text and more illustration instead. Moreover, all the MRT lines are now represented by their initials while the exits are represented numerically. [9]

History

Thomson stretch

The construction of the TEL at Woodlands station. TE2 Woodlands MRT Under Construction.jpg
The construction of the TEL at Woodlands station.

The Thomson Line was first announced on 25 January 2008. Several architectural and engineering consultancy packages were released in 2010 which indicated an increase in the number of stations from 18 in the initial announcement to the current 22 and length of the line from 27 to 30 km (17 to 19 mi). [10]

On 16 June 2011, the Land Transport Authority announced the location of the depot for the line, which was due to begin construction at the end of 2012. It also announced Woodlands as an interchange with the existing North South Line and an additional station located near to Republic Polytechnic. [11]

On 29 August 2012, it was announced that the completion of Thomson Line was pushed back to 2019 onwards instead of the indicative timeline of 2018 announced in the Land Transport Masterplan. [12]

Construction of the Thomson line began in January 2014. [13]

The groundbreaking ceremony took place on 27 June that year at Woodlands. All the working station names were confirmed as the final names except for Sin Ming station which was changed to Bright Hill. [14]

A station box located in between Springleaf and Lentor Station named "Tagore" is speculated to be a MRT station once the area is developed enough similar to Hume on the Downtown line and Bukit Brown on the Circle Line. [15] [16]

On 19 September 2019, it was announced that the opening of Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 1 was pushed back to late January 2020. [17]

The first stage of the line, covering Woodlands North, Woodlands and Woodlands South, began operation on 31 January 2020. [18]

The second stage of the line, extending the line from Woodlands South to Caldecott, opened on 28 August 2021. [19]

East Coast stretch

Construction site of Marine Parade station. TE26 Marine Parade station.jpg
Construction site of Marine Parade station.

The Eastern Region Line (ERL) was first announced on 23 October 2001. [20] In its preliminary plans, ERL was to have been a 40 kilometre rectangular loop that would complement the existing East West line and enhance inter- and intra-town travelling in the eastern region. It would have looped around the Jalan Besar and East Coast areas, intersecting the Circle Line and other lines along the way, benefiting residents in Tampines, Bedok, Marine Parade, MacPherson and Kaki Bukit. [21] The northern part of Eastern Region Line is renamed to Downtown Line stage 3, whereas the southern part of Eastern Region Line is renamed to East Coast stretch of Thomson-East Coast line. Sungei Bedok became an interchange between the Downtown and Thomson-East Coast lines.

On 11 July 2012, Josephine Teo, Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport, announced that the Land Transport Authority is starting architectural and engineering consultancy studies for the Eastern Region Line, which will eventually connect to the Thomson Line. [22]

The director of rail services from the Land Transport Authority, Melvyn Thong, said on 29 May 2013 at the Modern Railways conference that there are plans to extend the Eastern Region Line to the future Changi Airport Terminal 4 which was at that time, set to be ready by 2017 [23] but on 1 June that year, the Land Transport Authority clarified that the Eastern Region Line will not provide an MRT link to the planned Terminal 4. [24] On 30 August that year, Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo unveiled plans that it will be linked to the future Changi Airport Terminal 5, a mega terminal, which will be the largest terminal in Singapore upon completion in the 2030s. [25]

Subsumation of Eastern Region Line

The Eastern Region Line was merged with the Thomson Line on 15 August 2014 to form the Thomson–East Coast Line, extending the project from three to five stages, with nine more stations. [5]

The groundbreaking ceremony for the East Coast stretch took place at Marine Parade on 21 July 2016. All the working station names, including Xilin on the Downtown Line extension, were confirmed as the final names except for Amber station which was changed to Tanjong Katong. The authorities are also considering extending the Thomson–East Coast line to all terminals at Changi Airport, including the upcoming Terminal 5, announced Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan. [26] [27]

Line operations

SMRT Trains Ltd was appointed as the operator of the line on 15 September 2017. [28]

On 28 August 2019, the Land Transport Authority awarded several non-fare businesses along the line, with Asiaray Connect awarded an advertising contract and a consortium, made up of SMRT Experience, JR Business Development SEA and Alphaplus Investments appointed to run retail space. This is the first time the LTA outsourced these non-fare businesses. [29]

On 19 September that year, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan revealed that the opening of the first stage of the Thomson–East Coast Line from Woodlands North to Woodlands South stations was delayed to January 2020 from the indicative time of 2019 announced earlier, [30] subsequently confirmed as 31 January 2020. Self-assistance kiosks were installed at all TEL MRT stations and will be rolled out to all stations. [31] [32]

On 11 January 2020, SMRT and LTA hosted an open house for the first stage of the line, with the stage opening for revenue service on 31 January 2020. The opening of the second stage was initially delayed to the first quarter of 2021 as a result mainly due to the stoppage of construction works during the COVID-19 circuit breaker period as well as the quarantine and testing of all foreign workers in dormitories; the project was subsequently further delayed to the third quarter of 2021. [33] [34] [35] [36] [37] [38]

On 30 April 2021, LTA handed over Stage 2 stations along the line to SMRT to get the section ready for operations. [39] On 30 June 2021, Transport Minister S Iswaran announced that Stage 2 will open on 28 August 2021. [7] LTA announced on 13 August 2021 that there would be a virtual open house held from 23 to 27 August 2021 since all physical open houses are disallowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [40]

On 23 November 2021, LTA announced that Mount Pleasant and Marina South stations will only open when housing developments in these areas are ready, instead of opening as part of Stage 3. [41]

Airport extension line

Tanah Merah station, which will be the future terminus of the line when the branch to Changi Airport station is converted to be part of the Thomson-East Coast Line. EW4 CG Tanah Merah Platform C.jpg
Tanah Merah station, which will be the future terminus of the line when the branch to Changi Airport station is converted to be part of the Thomson-East Coast Line.

On 25 May 2019, LTA confirmed that it will extend the Thomson–East Coast Line from Sungei Bedok to Changi Airport Terminal 5. Construction works to extend the TEL to the existing Changi Airport MRT station, which is a terminal station of the East West MRT line commenced in 2020. The stretch of East West MRT line between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport will be converted to form part of the Thomson–East Coast Line extension. [42] [43] The extension is expected to begin construction after 2022, [44] with train services commencing by 2040.

Network and operations

Stations

Thomson-East Coast Line stations timeline
DateProjectDescription
31 January 2020Stage 1 Woodlands NorthWoodlands South (3 stations)
28 August 2021Stage 2 Woodlands SouthCaldecott (6 stations)
2022Stage 3 CaldecottGardens by the Bay (11 stations)
2024Stage 4 Gardens by the BayBayshore (7 stations)
2025Stage 5 BayshoreSungei Bedok (2 stations)
In tandem with Founders' Memorial (2027)Founders' Memorial station Founders' Memorial station between Gardens by the Bay and Tanjong Rhu
In tandem with Mount Pleasant Housing EstateMount Pleasant station Mount Pleasant station between Caldecott and Stevens
In tandem with Marina South developmentsMarina South station Marina South station between Marina Bay and Gardens by the Bay
By 2040Thomson-East Coast Line Extension Sungei BedokChangi Airport
Changi AirportTanah Merah (Conversion from East-West Line to Thomson-East Coast Line)
FutureFuture stations between existing stationsStation between Springleaf and Lentor
Geographically accurate map of the Thomson-East Coast MRT line. MRT Route Map TE.svg
Geographically accurate map of the Thomson–East Coast MRT line.

Legend

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Elevated
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Line terminus
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Wheelchair accessible
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Other transportation modes

List

Station codeStation nameImagesInterchange;
Adjacent transportation
Opening
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Woodlands North TE1 Woodlands North.JPG Aiga escalator down.svg   Johor Bahru–Singapore RTS   Barrier turnstile icon.svg Aiga immigration.svg (2026)
31 January 2020;
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28 August 2021;
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Lentor TE5 Lentor platform.jpg
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Caldecott TE9 Caldecott platform.jpg Aiga escalator down.svg   Circle Line  
Mount Pleasant station (under construction, to be ready in the future)
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Mount Pleasant TE10 Mount Pleasant MRT construction DJI 0198.jpg To be opened in tandem with future developments [41] [45] [46] [47] TBA
Stage 3 (under construction, to be ready by 2022)
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Stevens TE11 Stevens MRT construction DJI 0095.jpg Aiga escalator down.svg   Downtown Line  
2022;
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Napier TE12 Napier MRT Under Construction 1.jpg
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Orchard Boulevard TE13 Orchard Boulevard MRT construction entrance 20201101 164720.jpg
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Orchard TE14 Orchard October 2020.jpg Aiga escalator down.svg   North South Line  
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Outram Park TE17 Outram Park under construction.jpg Aiga escalator down.svg   East West Line  
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Marina Bay TE20 Marina Bay construction site 1.jpg Aiga escalator down.svg   North South Line  
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Marina South station (under construction, to be ready in the future)
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Marina South TE21 Marina South along Marina Boulevard.jpg To be opened in tandem with future developments [48] TBA
Stage 3 (under construction, to be ready by 2022)
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2022;
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Founders' Memorial station (under construction, to be ready in 2027)
 TE22A 
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Founders' Memorial TEL construction site between Gardens by the Bay and Tanjong Rhu.jpg [49]
2027;
5 years' time
Stage 4 (under construction, to be ready by 2024)
 TE23 
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Tanjong Rhu TE23 Tanjong Rhu MRT under construction 20200923 110726.jpg
2024;
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Katong Park TE24 Katong Park MRT construction 20200923 110851.jpg
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Tanjong Katong TE25 Tanjong Katong Under Construction.jpg
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Marine Parade TE26 Marine Parade.jpg
 TE27 
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Marine Terrace TE27 Marine Terrace station.jpg
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Siglap TE28 Siglap Under Construction.jpg
 TE29 
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Bayshore TE29 Bayshore Construction site entrance.jpg
Stage 5 (under construction, to be ready by 2025)
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Bedok South TE30 Bedok South MRT construction 20201114 171313.jpg Bus-logo.svg Bedok South
2025;
3 years' time
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 TE31  DT37 
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Sungei Bedok DT37 TE31 Sungei Bedok under construction 20201114 190055.jpg Aiga escalator down.svg   Downtown Line  
Thomson-East Coast Line extension
(The extension will take over the Changi Airport Branch of the East West Line) [50] [43]
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2040;
18 years' time
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20 airtransportation.svg  Changi Airport Terminals 1-4 Aiga immigration.svg
Expo Does not appearAiga escalator down.svg   Downtown Line  
Tanah Merah Does not appearAiga escalator up.svg   East West Line  

Depots

NumberDepot name;
Lines
LocationImagesLine-specific
stabling capacity
CostOpening
1
Aiga escalator.svg   Mandai   Mandai Does not appear90 trainsS$329 million
31 January 2020;
2 years ago
2
Aiga escalator.svg   East Coast  
Aiga escalator up.svg   EWL  
Aiga escalator down.svg   DTL  
Changi Does not appear62 trainsS$1.99 billion
2025;
3 years' time

Technical details

Train control

The Thomson–East Coast Line is equipped with Alstom Urbalis 400 Communications-based train control (CBTC) moving block signalling system with Automatic train control (ATC) under Automatic train operation (ATO) GoA 4 (UTO). [51] [52] [53] The subsystems consist of Automatic train protection (ATP) to govern train speed, Iconis Automatic Train Supervision (ATS) to track and schedule trains and Smartlock Computer-based interlocking (CBI) system that prevents incorrect signal and track points to be set.

Alstom will also be supplying platform screen doors for the Thomson–East Coast Line. [53]

Rolling Stock

The first generation of rolling stock being introduced onto the Thomson–East Coast Line is the CT251, built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries & CRRC Qingdao Sifang in Qingdao, China. The trains are built with 5 doors per car, which is the very first in Singapore to have this configuration. They are also completely automated and driverless. [54] The trains will be housed at the Mandai Depot and the future East Coast Integrated Depot (shared with the Downtown and the East West lines). [55]

See also

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The Mass Rapid Transit system, known by the initialism MRT in common parlance, is a rapid transit system in Singapore and the island country's principal mode of railway transportation. The system commenced operations in November 1987 after two decades of planning with an initial 6-kilometre (3.7 mi) stretch consisting of 5 stations. The network has since grown to span the length and breadth of the city-state's main island in accordance with Singapore's aim of developing a comprehensive rail network as the backbone of the country's public transportation system, averaging a daily ridership of 3.4 million in 2019.

North South MRT line Rapid transit line of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) network in Singapore

The North South line (NSL) is a high-capacity Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line in Singapore, operated by SMRT. Coloured red on the rail map, the line is 45 kilometres (28 mi) long and serves 27 stations, 11 of which, between the Bishan and Marina South Pier stations, are underground. It runs from Jurong East station, located in Western Singapore, to Marina South Pier station in the Central Area, via Woodlands station in northern Singapore. The line operates for 19 hours a day, with headways of up to 2 to 3 minutes during peak hours and 5 to 8 minutes during off-peak hours. All the trains on the North South Line run with a six-car formation.

East West MRT line Mass Rapid Transit line in Singapore

The East West line (EWL) is a high-capacity Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line operated by SMRT, running from Pasir Ris station in the east to Tuas Link station in the west, with an additional branch between Changi Airport and Tanah Merah stations. It is the second Mass Rapid Transit line to be built in Singapore. The 57.2 kilometres (35.5 mi) line is the longest on the MRT network, with 35 stations, 8 of which are underground. The line is coloured green on the rail map.

Changi Airport MRT station MRT station in Singapore

Changi Airport MRT station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the Changi Airport branch of the East West line located within Singapore Changi Airport in Changi, Singapore. The station is operated by SMRT Trains and is built in an east–west direction with the two ends of the station connecting directly to Changi Airport Terminals 2 and 3. It is the eastern terminus of the branch and is currently the easternmost MRT station in Singapore.

Marina Bay MRT station MRT station in Singapore

Marina Bay MRT station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange station on the North South line (NSL) and Circle Line (CCL), operated by SMRT Trains. The station is located on the boundary of the Downtown Core and Straits View planning areas in Singapore and was built alongside Bayfront Avenue. As the name suggests, it is located near Marina Bay.

Expo MRT station MRT station in Singapore

Expo MRT station is a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange station on the East West line (EWL) and Downtown line (DTL) in the Tampines planning area, Singapore. The station lies between Changi City Point and the Singapore Expo, located along Changi South Avenue 1 at the junction of Expo Drive.

Woodlands Bus Interchange Bus interchange in Woodlands, Singapore

Woodlands Bus Interchange is a bus interchange in Singapore. Located at Woodlands, the interchange is linked to Woodlands MRT Station and adjacent to Causeway Point shopping mall. The interchange is part of the Woodlands Integrated Transport Hub (WITH), which opened on 13 June 2021.

Tanah Merah MRT station MRT station in Singapore

Tanah Merah MRT station is an elevated Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange station on the East West line located in Bedok, Singapore. Other than the main service for the East West line, Tanah Merah station is also the terminus for the Changi Airport branch line, a spur of the East West line.

Woodlands MRT station MRT station in Singapore

Woodlands MRT station is a Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange station on the North South (NSL) and Thomson–East Coast (TEL) lines. Located in Woodlands, the MRT station is the first to feature an underground bus interchange underneath the NSL station. The station is also integrated with surrounding developments, including Causeway Point and the Woodlands Civic Centre.

Caldecott MRT station MRT station in Singapore

Caldecott MRT station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange station on the Circle line (CCL) and Thomson–East Coast line (TEL), located in Toa Payoh planning area, Singapore. It is situated underneath Toa Payoh Link near the junction of Toa Payoh Rise, located near the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped, the Caldecott Broadcast Centre and Mount Alvernia Hospital. The station is operated by SMRT Trains.

Woodlands South MRT station MRT station in Singapore

Woodlands South MRT station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station in Woodlands, Singapore. Serving the Thomson–East Coast line (TEL), it is underneath Woodlands Avenue 1. The station is near Christ Church Secondary School, the Yusof Ishak Mosque as well as Singapore Sports School. The station will also serve the Woodlands Health Campus.

Springleaf MRT station MRT station in Singapore

Springleaf MRT station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the Thomson–East Coast line (TEL). Situated along Upper Thomson Road, it serves the neighbourhood of Springleaf and the nearby Springleaf Nature Park. The station is operated by SMRT Trains.

Lentor MRT station MRT station in Singapore

Lentor MRT station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the Thomson–East Coast line (TEL). It is situated in northern Ang Mo Kio, Singapore, underneath Lentor Drive. The station serves various residential estates such as Lentor Estate and Teacher's Estate, as well as landmarks such as Anderson Primary School and the Saint Thomas Orthodox Syrian Cathedral.

Mayflower MRT station MRT station in Singapore

Mayflower MRT station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the Thomson–East Coast line (TEL) in Ang Mo Kio, Singapore. Situated underneath Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, the station serves various landmarks including the Kebun Baru Heights Estate, Kebun Baru Community Centre, and CHIJ Saint Nicholas Girls' School.

Bright Hill MRT station MRT station in Singapore

Bright Hill MRT station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit station on the Thomson–East Coast line (TEL). Situated along Sin Ming Avenue in western Bishan, Singapore, it serves various residential estates around the station. It also serves landmarks such as Peirce Secondary School, Ai Tong School, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery.

Upper Thomson MRT station Mass Rapid Transit station in Singapore

Upper Thomson MRT station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the Thomson–East Coast line (TEL) in Singapore. As the name suggests, it is located along Upper Thomson Road. The five entrances of the station serve various developments such as Soo Chow Estate, Thomson Plaza and the Church of the Holy Spirit.

Bedok South MRT station Future MRT station in Singapore

Bedok South MRT station is a future underground Mass Rapid Transit station on the Thomson–East Coast Line in Bedok planning area, Singapore.

Sungei Bedok MRT station Future MRT station in Singapore

Sungei Bedok MRT station is a future underground Mass Rapid Transit interchange and terminal station on the Downtown Line and Thomson-East Coast Line in Bedok planning area, Singapore. The station is being built east of where Upper East Coast Road becomes Bedok Road, and will serve residents of the Eastwood estate. Nearby facilities include the Bedok Food Centre, Eastwood Centre and the Laguna National Golf & Country Club.

Xilin MRT station Future MRT station in Singapore

Xilin MRT station is a future underground Mass Rapid Transit station on the Downtown line in Tampines planning area, Singapore. Taking its name from Xilin Avenue which passes overhead, Xilin station serves industries around Changi South, as well as the nearby Tanah Merah Country Club.The station is located at the junction of Xilin Avenue, Changi South Avenue 3 and Laguna Golf Green.

Johor Bahru–Singapore Rapid Transit System Cross-border rapid transit system

The Johor Bahru–Singapore Rapid Transit System is a cross-border rapid transit system that will connect Woodlands, Singapore, and Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, crossing the Straits of Johor.

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