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 1-3)
Under testing (Stage 4)
Under construction (Stage 5)
Under planning (extension to Changi Airport)
Owner Land Transport Authority
Locale Singapore
Termini Woodlands North
Gardens by the Bay
Bayshore (from 23 June 2024)
Sungei Bedok (2026)
Tanah Merah (2040s)
Stations32 (20 operational, 7 under testing, 3 under construction, 2 unopened)
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–CRRC Qingdao Sifang T251
Daily ridership160,000 (February 2023) [1]
History
Planned opening23 June 2024;41 days' time (2024-06-23) (Stage 4)
2026 (Stage 5)
2028 (Founders' Memorial MRT station)
2040s (extension to Changi Airport)
Opened31 January 2020;4 years ago (2020-01-31) (Stage 1)
28 August 2021;2 years ago (2021-08-28) (Stage 2)
13 November 2022;17 months ago (2022-11-13) (Stage 3) [lower-alpha 1] [2]
Technical
Line length29.8 km (18.5 mi) (Operational)
10.8 km (6.7 mi) (Under testing)
2.2 km (1.4 mi) (Under construction)
CharacterFully underground [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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The Thomson–East Coast Line (TEL) is a high-capacity Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line in Singapore. Coloured brown on the rail map, it is fully underground. When fully completed, the sixth line on the country's MRT network will serve 32 stations around 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, heading south to the city-centre at Orchard Road and Marina Bay, subsequently heading eastwards along the eastern coast of the country through Kallang, Marine Parade and southern Bedok before ending at Upper East Coast.

The line was first announced by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on 15 August 2014, merging the previously planned and distinct Thomson (TSL) and Eastern Region (ERL) lines. By then, construction of the TSL had already begun in January 2014. The line is being opened in stages, beginning with Stage 1 [lower-alpha 2] on 31 January 2020. Stage 2 [lower-alpha 3] opened on 28 August 2021 and Stage 3 [lower-alpha 4] opened on 13 November 2022. Stage 4 [lower-alpha 5] is set to open on 23 June 2024 while Stage 5 [lower-alpha 6] is scheduled to open sometime in 2026. Meanwhile, Mount Pleasant and Marina South stations, which were structurally completed as part of Stage 3, remains non-operational due to the perceived lack of developments in the area at this given time.

In January 2019, an infill station known as Founders' Memorial was announced to complement its namesake, with the LTA additionally considering to integrate the Changi Airport Branch that is currently a part of the East West Line (EWL) into the TEL. When fully opened, it is expected to serve about 500,000 commuters daily in the initial years before rising to one million 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 the East Coast Integrated Depot opening in 2026, and services are operated by the T251 electric multiple unit (EMU) rolling stock manufuactured by KawasakiCRRC. [5]

New and improved signage was introduced to alI stations along the TEL, which saw less text and wordiness in place of more illustrations and visualisations. Moreover, ever since the TEL began operations, all the other MRT lines on the wider network have since been represented by their initials in addition to the exits being represented numerically rather than alphabetically. [6]

History

Thomson Line

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Construction of TEL's Woodlands station in 2017

The Thomson Line (TSL) 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). [7]

On 16 June 2011, LTA 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. [8]

On 29 August 2012, it was announced that the completion of the TSL was pushed back to 2019 onwards instead of the indicative timeline of 2018 announced in the Land Transport Masterplan. [9]

Construction of the TSL began in January 2014. [10] 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. [11]

Eastern Region Line

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Construction site of Marine Parade station in 2022

The Eastern Region Line (ERL) was first announced on 23 October 2001. [12] 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. [13] The northern part of the Eastern Region Line became the third stage of the Downtown Line. The southern part of the Eastern Region Line became the East Coast stretch of the Thomson-East Coast line. Sungei Bedok would become an interchange between the Downtown and the 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. [14]

The director of rail services from LTA, 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 [15] 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. [16] 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. [17]

Merging of Eastern Region Line and Thomson 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. [18]

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. [19] [20]

Line operations

SMRT Trains Ltd was appointed as the operator of the line on 15 September 2017. [21]

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. [22]

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, [23] subsequently confirmed as 31 January 2020. Self-assistance kiosks were installed at all TEL MRT stations and will be rolled out to all stations. [24] [25]

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. [26]

The opening of the second stage was initially delayed to the first quarter of 2021 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic circuit breaker period; the project was subsequently further delayed to the third quarter of 2021. [27] [28] [29]

On 30 April 2021, LTA handed over Stage 2 stations along the line to SMRT to get the section ready for operations. [30] On 30 June 2021, Transport Minister S. Iswaran announced that Stage 2 will open on 28 August 2021. [31] 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 were disallowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [32]

The second stage of the line, extending the line from Woodlands South to Caldecott, opened on 28 August 2021. [33]

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. [34] On 9 March 2022, Transport Minister S Iswaran announced in Parliament that TEL 3 would open in the 2nd half of 2022. [35]

On 17 August 2022, LTA handed over Stage 3 stations along the line to SMRT to get the section ready for operations by the end of 2022. [36] [37]

On 7 October 2022, during a visit to the Outram Park and Maxwell TEL stations, Transport Minister S. Iswaran announced that the third stage of the line will commence operations on 13 November 2022. [38] [39] [40]

On 13 December 2023, LTA announced that it would hand over Stage 4 stations along the line to SMRT in early 2024, in preparation for the opening of the stations. [41] Acting Minister for Transport Chee Hong Tat said in an interview with Lianhe Zaobao that the authorities hope to open the sector in the first half of that year. [42] The Stage 4 stations were handed over to SMRT on 6 February 2024. [43] [44]

On 5 March 2024, LTA announced that Stage 4 would open on 23 June that year. [45]

Airport extension

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 MRT Middle Track 20201114 164239.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. [46] [47] The extension is expected to begin construction after 2022, [48] with train services commencing by 2040. In May 2024, LTA confirmed modification works for existing stations will start from 2025 after the contract for addition and alteration works is awarded. [49]

Route

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Geographically accurate map of the Thomson–East Coast MRT line.

The 43-kilometer (26.7 mi) Thomson-East Coast line runs in a north-south direction between Woodlands North and Gardens by the Bay stations and west-east direction between Gardens by the Bay and Sungei Bedok stations. [23] Beginning at Woodlands North, the line runs south passing the neighbourhood of Woodlands. Between Woodlands South and Springleaf, a branch has been implied for trains going to Mandai depot. [50] It continues heading south-east, bypassing Ang Mo Kio, towards Lentor before curving south towards Mayflower station. [31]

After Bright Hill station, the line curves south towards Caldecott station before curving west passing the unopened Mount Pleasant towards Stevens station, which it has an interchange with the Downtown line. From Napier station, the line heads east towards Orchard station, also interchanging with the North-South line. It continues heading south between Orchard and Havelock stations, cutting underneath the Singapore River before heading south-east towards Outram Park station, which has an interchange with the East-West and North-East lines. [40]

It then enters the Downtown Core, by heading in a south-east direction towards Marina Bay station, which has an interchange with the North-South and Circle lines. The line then heads north-east towards Gardens by the Bay, the current terminus of the line. From 2024, upon completion of Stage 4, the line will pass underneath the Kallang Basin, before heading north passing Founders’ Memorial station, which is scheduled to be completed in 2028. It then curves eastwards between Tanjong Rhu and Bayshore station, paralleling Marine Parade Road. In 2026, the line will continue east towards Sungei Bedok, the future terminus with which it will have an interchange with the Downtown line. [19]

Stations

Station codes for the line are brown, corresponding to the line's colour on the system map. Most stations are island stations, with the exception of Napier, Maxwell, Shenton Way and Marina Bay stations having stacked side platforms. Future stations Katong Park and Tanjong Katong are planned to also have stacked side platforms [51] whilst Tanjong Rhu station is planned to have side platforms. [52]

A station box is located in between Springleaf and Lentor station provisionally named "Tagore". [53]

Thomson-East Coast Line stations timeline
Date OpenedProjectDescription
31 January 2020Stage 1 Woodlands NorthWoodlands South
28 August 2021Stage 2 SpringleafCaldecott
13 November 2022Stage 3 StevensGardens By The Bay
23 June 2024Stage 4 Tanjong RhuBayshore
2026Stage 5 Bedok SouthSungei Bedok
In tandem with Founders' Memorial (2028)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 the 2040sThomson-East Coast Line Extension Sungei BedokChangi Airport
Changi AirportTanah Merah (Conversion from East-West Line to Thomson-East Coast Line)

Legend

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List

Stage 1 to 3 (Opened, in operation)
Station codeStation nameImagesInterchange;
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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;
4 years ago
S$337 million [lower-alpha 7]
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Bus-logo.svg  Woodlands
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S$292 million [lower-alpha 8]
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Woodlands South TE3 Woodlands South MRT Platforms 20210611 175430.jpg S$143.7 million [lower-alpha 9]
S$421.6 million [lower-alpha 10]
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28 August 2021;
2 years ago
S$189.8 million [lower-alpha 11]
S$383.3 million [lower-alpha 12]
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Lentor TE5 Lentor platform.jpg S$247.2 million [lower-alpha 13]
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Mayflower TE6 Mayflower platform.jpg S$174.3 million [lower-alpha 14]
 TE7  CR13 
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Bright Hill TE7brighthill.jpeg Aiga escalator down.svg   Cross Island Line   (2030)S$454.4 million [lower-alpha 15]
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Upper Thomson TE8upperthomson.jpeg S$374.0 million [lower-alpha 16]
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Caldecott TE9 Caldecott platform.jpg Aiga escalator down.svg   Circle Line  S$284.8 million [lower-alpha 17]
 TE11  DT10 
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Stevens TE11Stevensplatform.jpeg Aiga escalator down.svg   Downtown Line  
13 November 2022;
1 year ago
S$441.0 million [lower-alpha 18]
 TE12 
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Napier TE12Napierupper.jpeg S$188.8 million [lower-alpha 19]
 TE13 
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Orchard Boulevard TE13OrchardBoulevard.jpeg S$142.5 million [lower-alpha 20]
 TE14  NS22 
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Orchard TE14 Orchard MRT platforms 20221111 112605.jpg Aiga escalator down.svg   North–South Line  S$498.3 million [lower-alpha 21]
 TE15 
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Great World TE15 Great World MRT Platforms 20221117 154704.jpg S$315.8 million [lower-alpha 22]
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Havelock TE16Havelockplatform.jpeg S$210.3 million [lower-alpha 23]
 TE17  EW16  NE3 
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Outram Park TE17OutramPlatformLevelVersion2.jpg Aiga escalator down.svg   East–West Line  
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S$300.8 million [lower-alpha 24]
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Maxwell Maxwell Station Platform cropped.jpg S$221.8 million [lower-alpha 25]
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Shenton Way TE19 Shenton Way MRT Platform B 20221215 121149.jpg S$368 million [lower-alpha 26]
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 TE20  NS27  CE2  (until 2026)
 TE20  NS27  CC33  (from 2026)
Aiga escalator down.svg MUTCD D9-6.svg ISO 7010 W003.svg
Marina Bay TE20 Marina Bay MRT Platform E (open house) 20221111 140423.jpg Aiga escalator down.svg   North–South Line  
Aiga escalator down.svg   Circle Line Extension  
S$425 million [lower-alpha 27]
 TE22 
Aiga escalator down.svg MUTCD D9-6.svg ISO 7010 W003.svg
Gardens by the Bay TE22 Gardens by the Bay MRT Platforms 20221111 140853.jpg S$331.0 million [lower-alpha 28]
Stage 4 (Opening on 23 June 2024)
 TE23 
Aiga escalator down.svg MUTCD D9-6.svg ISO 7010 W003.svg
Tanjong Rhu TE23 Tanjong Rhu MRT under construction 20200923 110726.jpg
23 June 2024;
1 month's time
S$293.9 million [lower-alpha 29]
 TE24 
Aiga escalator down.svg MUTCD D9-6.svg
Katong Park TE24 Katong Park MRT construction 20200923 110851.jpg S$293.5 million [lower-alpha 30]
 TE25 
Aiga escalator down.svg MUTCD D9-6.svg
Tanjong Katong TE25 Tanjong Katong Under Construction.jpg S$145.6 million [lower-alpha 31]
 TE26 
Aiga escalator down.svg MUTCD D9-6.svg ISO 7010 W003.svg
Marine Parade TE26 Marine Parade.jpg S$555.3 million [lower-alpha 32]
 TE27 
Aiga escalator down.svg MUTCD D9-6.svg ISO 7010 W003.svg
Marine Terrace TE27 Marine Terrace station.jpg S$360.6 million [lower-alpha 33]
 TE28 
Aiga escalator down.svg MUTCD D9-6.svg ISO 7010 W003.svg
Siglap TE28 Siglap Under Construction.jpg S$175.76 million [lower-alpha 34]
 TE29 
Aiga escalator down.svg MUTCD D9-6.svg ISO 7010 W003.svg
Bayshore TE29 Bayshore Construction site entrance.jpg S$295.9 million [lower-alpha 35]
Stage 5 (under construction, to be ready by 2026)
 TE30 
Aiga escalator down.svg MUTCD D9-6.svg ISO 7010 W003.svg
Bedok South TE30 Bedok South MRT construction 20201114 171313.jpg Bus-logo.svg Bedok South
2026;
2 years' time
S$188.3 million [lower-alpha 36]
MRT Singapore Destination 14.svg MRT Singapore Destination 12.svg
 TE31  DT37 
Aiga escalator down.svg MUTCD D9-6.svg ISO 7010 W003.svg
Sungei Bedok DT37 TE31 Sungei Bedok under construction 20201114 190055.jpg Aiga escalator down.svg   Downtown Line  (2026)S$417.5 million [lower-alpha 37]
Founders' Memorial station (under construction, to be ready in 2028)
 TE22A 
Aiga escalator down.svg MUTCD D9-6.svg
Founders' Memorial TEL construction site between Gardens by the Bay and Tanjong Rhu.jpg In tandem with Founders' Memorial [54]
2028;
4 years' time
$242.4 million [lower-alpha 38]
Mount Pleasant station (Unopened, to be ready in the future)
 TE10 
Aiga escalator down.svg MUTCD D9-6.svg ISO 7010 W003.svg
Mount Pleasant TE10 Mount Pleasant MRT.jpg To be opened in tandem with future developments [34] [55] [56] [57] TBAS$207.3 million [lower-alpha 39]
Marina South station (Unopened, to be ready in the future)
 TE21 
Aiga escalator down.svg MUTCD D9-6.svg
Marina South TE21 Marina South MRT Exit 3 20211228 110813.jpg To be opened in tandem with future developments [58] TBAS$488.0 million [lower-alpha 40]
Thomson-East Coast Line extension
(The extension will take over the Changi Airport Branch of the   East–West Line  ) [59] [47]
TBAAiga escalator down.svg   Cross Island Line  
20 airtransportation.svg  Changi Airport Terminal 5 Aiga immigration.svg
2040;
16 years' time
TBA
TBA Changi Airport CG2 Changi Airport MRT platforms 20210404 175038.jpg 20 airtransportation.svg  Changi Airport Terminals 1-4 Aiga immigration.svg

Bus-logo.svg  Changi Airport
Expo CG1 Expo MRT Platform.jpg Aiga escalator down.svg   Downtown Line  
Tanah Merah EW4 CG Tanah Merah MRT Middle Track 20201114 164239.jpg Aiga escalator up.svg   East–West Line  

Depots

NumberDepot name;
Lines
LocationImageLine-specific
stabling capacity
CostOpening
1
Aiga escalator.svg   Mandai   Mandai 90 trainsS$329 million [50] [60] [61]
31 January 2020;
4 years ago
2
Aiga escalator.svg   East Coast  
Aiga escalator up.svg   EWL  
Aiga escalator down.svg   DTL  
Changi 62 trainsS$1.99 billion [62] [63] [64]
2026;
2 years' time

Train control

The Thomson East-Coast line runs under ATO GoA 4 and does not require an attendant on board. Cab of T251 set 2037.jpg
The Thomson East-Coast line runs under ATO GoA 4 and does not require an attendant on board.

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). [65] [66] [67] 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. [67]

Rolling stock

The first generation of rolling stock being introduced onto the Thomson–East Coast Line is the T251, built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries & CRRC Qingdao Sifang in Qingdao, China. The trains are built with 5 doors per side per car similar to that of Hong Kong MTR trains or Type A trains in China, which is the very first in Singapore to have this configuration. They are also completely automated and driverless. The trains are housed at the Mandai Depot and the future East Coast Integrated Depot (shared with the Downtown and the East West lines). [68]

See also

Notes

  1. Excluding Mount Pleasant and Marina South.
  2. From Woodlands North to Woodlands South.
  3. From Springleaf to Caldecott.
  4. From Stevens to Gardens by the Bay.
  5. From Tanjong Rhu to Bayshore.
  6. Bedok South and Sungei Bedok.
  7. Contract T202
  8. Contract T203
  9. Contract T205
  10. Contract T206
  11. Contract T207
  12. Contract T208
  13. Contract T209
  14. Contract T210
  15. Contract T211
  16. Contract T212
  17. Contract T213
  18. Contract T216
  19. Contract T217
  20. Contract T218
  21. Contract T219
  22. Contract T220
  23. Contract T221
  24. Contract T222
  25. Contract T223
  26. Contract T225
  27. Contract T226
  28. Contract T228
  29. Contract T303
  30. Contract T305
  31. Contract T306
  32. Contract T307
  33. Contract T308
  34. Contract T309
  35. Contract T310
  36. Contract T311
  37. Contract T312
  38. Contract T302
  39. Contract T215
  40. Contract T227

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