East West MRT Line

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     East West MRT Line
MRT Jajaran Timur Barat
东西地铁线
கிழக்கு மேற்கு எம்ஆர்டி வழி
MRT map EW.svg
The East West Line is coloured green on system maps.
Overview
Type Rapid transit
System Mass Rapid Transit (Singapore)
Status Operational
Termini Pasir Ris
Joo Koon
Tuas Link (U/C)
Changi Airport
Tanah Merah
Stations 35 (4 U/C)
Services 4
Operation
Opening 12 December 1987
Owner Land Transport Authority
Operator(s) SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)
Rolling stock C151, C151A, C651, C751B
Technical
Line length 57.2 km (35.5 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification Third rail
Operating speed limit of 80 km/h
Route map
EW1 Pasir Ris
Tampines Expressway
Downtown Line
to Bukit Panjang
EW2 Tampines
Pan Island Expressway
EW3 Simei
CG2 Changi Airport
Downtown Line
Changi Airport Extension
CG1 Expo
Upper Changi Road East
Xilin Avenue
Changi Depot
Bedok Road
EW4 Tanah Merah
EW5 Bedok
EW6 Kembangan
Jalan Eunos
EW7 Eunos
EW8 Paya Lebar
Circle Line
to HarbourFront← →Dhoby Ghaut/Marina Bay
Paya Lebar Road
EW9 Aljunied
Aljunied Road
Sims Avenue
EW10 Kallang
Kallang River
EW11 Lavender
Downtown Line
to Bukit Panjang← →Expo
EW12 Bugis
Circle Line
to Dhoby Ghaut← →HarbourFront
North South Line
to Jurong East
EW13 City Hall
Singapore River
EW14 Raffles Place
North South Line
to Marina Bay
EW15 Tanjong Pagar
North East Line
to Punggol← →HarbourFront
EW16 Outram Park
EW17 Tiong Bahru
EW18 Redhill
Alexandra Road
EW19 Queenstown
Queensway
EW20 Commonwealth
Circle Line
to Dhoby Ghaut/Marina Bay← →HarbourFront
EW21 Buona Vista
EW22 Dover
Clementi Road
EW23 Clementi
Ulu Pandan Depot
Boon Lay Way
EW24 Jurong East
North South Line
to Marina Bay
Jurong Town Hall Road
EW25 Chinese Garden
EW26 Lakeside
Jalan Boon Lay
EW27 Boon Lay
Jurong West Street 63
EW28Pioneer
Pioneer Road North
Upper Jurong Road
Benoi Road
EW29 Joo Koon
Tuas South Extension
Joo Koon Circle
Ayer Rajah Expressway
Tuas Avenue 3
EW30 Gul Circle
Tuas Avenue 5
Tuas Road
Pioneer Road
EW31 Tuas Crescent
EW32 Tuas West Road
Tuas West Drive
Tuas Link 4
EW33 Tuas Link
The East West Line is coloured green in the MRT system map.
Station names of the East-West Line.

The East West Line (EWL) is the second Mass Rapid Transit line in Singapore. The line is currently 57.2 km long with 35 stations, including four more to be constructed by 2016, known as Tuas West Extension (TWE), making it the longest MRT line in Singapore. It takes about 63 minutes to travel from one end to the other. The line is coloured green on MRT system maps.

As its name implies, the line connects central Singapore to both eastern and western parts of the island, with an additional branch to Changi Airport from Tanah Merah. Cross-platform interchange with the North South Line is provided at Jurong East, City Hall and Raffles Place, while transfer via linkway is possible to the North East Line at Outram Park, the Circle Line at Paya Lebar and Buona Vista, and the Downtown Line at Bugis. The line will also interchange with a future extension of the Downtown Line at Tampines and Expo, and with the future Thomson Line at Outram Park.

The Tuas West Extension (TWE), a westward four-station extension of the East West Line from Joo Koon, is currently under construction.

History[edit]

Initial system[edit]

Second phase of development[edit]

Boon Lay Extension (BLE)[edit]

Operational and running through Boon Lay to Joo Koon.

Tuas West Extension (TWE)[edit]

On 11 January 2011, the Tuas West Extension was announced. It is an extension of the East West Line from Joo Koon to Tuas Link. The stations — Gul Circle, Tuas Crescent, Tuas West Road and Tuas Link — will extend MRT connectivity to the Tuas area and is expected to serve more than 100,000 commuters daily.[1]

When completed in 2016, the Tuas West Extension will be an extension of the East West Line from Joo Koon, consisting of a 7.5 km long twin-tracked MRT viaduct, four aboveground stations and a depot. The MRT viaduct is also integrated with part of a 4.8 km long road viaduct along Pioneer Road, which will increase the road capacity to cope with anticipated increase in traffic. A 26-hectare depot will also be built to provide stabling and maintenance facilities for the additional trains that will be bought for the extension and to cater for future expansion of the line.[2]

On 4 May 2012, the Land Transport Authority marked the start of construction of the Tuas West Extension with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the future Tuas Link station.[1]

Half-height platform screen door installations[edit]

There were calls for platform screen doors to be installed at above-ground stations after several incidents in which passengers were killed by oncoming trains when they fell onto the railway tracks at above-ground stations. Underground stations already featured the doors since 1987. The authorities initially rejected the proposal by casting doubts over functionality and concerns about the high installation costs,[3] but made an about-turn when the government announced plans to install half-height platform screen doors on the above-ground stations in January 2008, citing lower costs due to it becoming a more common feature worldwide.[4] They were first installed at Jurong East, Pasir Ris and Yishun stations in 2009 as trial runs.[5]

By 14 March 2012, all above-ground stations have been retrofitted with the doors and are operational.[6]

Stations[edit]

Station Number Station Name Interchange/Notes
 EW1  Pasir Ris  
 EW2  DT32  Tampines Downtown Line (under construction)
 EW3  Simei  
 EW4  Tanah Merah Changi Airport Branch Line
 EW5  Bedok  
 EW6  Kembangan  
 EW7  Eunos  
 EW8  CC9  Paya Lebar Circle Line
 EW9  Aljunied Lunch Time Xpress terminus
 EW10  Kallang  
 EW11  Lavender  
 EW12  DT14  Bugis Downtown Line
 EW13  NS25  City Hall North South Line
 EW14  NS26  Raffles Place North South Line
 EW15  Tanjong Pagar  
 EW16  NE3  TS17  Outram Park Lunch Time Xpress terminus
North East Line
Thomson Line (under construction)
 EW17  Tiong Bahru  
 EW18  Redhill  
 EW19  Queenstown  
 EW20  Commonwealth  
 EW21  CC22  Buona Vista Circle Line
 EW22  Dover  
 EW23  Clementi  
 EW24  NS1  Jurong East North South Line
 EW25  Chinese Garden  
 EW26  Lakeside  
 EW27  Boon Lay  
 EW28  Pioneer  
 EW29  Joo Koon  
Tuas West Extension (TWE)
 EW30  Gul Circle (under construction)
 EW31  Tuas Crescent (under construction)
 EW32  Tuas West Road (under construction)
 EW33  Tuas Link (under construction)
Changi Airport Branch Line (CAL)
 EW4  Tanah Merah  
 CG1  DT35  Expo Downtown Line (under construction)
 CG2  Changi Airport  

SMRT used to operate the branch sector of  EW4  Tanah Merah to  CG2  Changi Airport as a through line from Boon Lay from 18 November 2001 until 22 July 2003, when it was replaced with a shuttle service.[7]

Similarly to the preceding Circle and Downtown MRT Lines announced earlier, the four stations along the Tuas West Extension were open for public consultation from 16 December 2011 to 15 January 2012. The finalised station names were announced on 13 April 2012.[8]

Rolling stock[edit]

Four batches of rolling stock are in service on the line, i.e., the C151s, the C651s, the C751Bs and the C151As. These trains operate from the two depots along the line, the Ulu Pandan Depot near Jurong East and the Changi Depot after Tanah Merah.

Schedule[edit]

Lunchtime Xpress services operate on weekdays from noon to 2 pm (excluding public holidays) between Outram Park and Aljunied to cater for greater demand on this stretch.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Construction Starts for Tuas West Extension". Land Transport Authority. 4 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Speech (Part 1 – Public Transport) by Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport, for COS 2012". 7 March 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Safety at MRT and LRT Stations — Respect The Yellow Line" (Press release). Land Transport Authority. 20 November 2005. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Platform screen doors for all above-ground MRT stations by 2012". The Straits Times. 25 January 2008. Archived from the original on 28 January 2008. 
  5. ^ Yeo Ghim Lay (3 September 2008). "Platform doors for elevated MRT stations". The Straits Times. p. 26. 
  6. ^ "LTA Completes Installation of Half Height Platform Screen Doors". Land Transport Authority. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Shuttle train service". SMRT Corporation. July 2003. 
  8. ^ "Tuas West Extension station names finalised". Land Transport Authority. 13 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "SMRT Lunchtime Xpress". SMRT Corporation. No date. 

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