East West MRT Line
East West MRT Line|
MRT Jajaran Timur Barat
கிழக்கு மேற்கு எம்ஆர்டி வழி
The East West Line is coloured green on system maps.
|System||Mass Rapid Transit (Singapore)|
|Opening||12 December 1987|
|Owner||Land Transport Authority|
|Operator(s)||SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)|
|Rolling stock||C151, C151A, C651, C751B|
|Line length||57.2 km (35.5 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
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.
- 12 December 1987: City Hall – Outram Park
- 12 March 1988: Outram Park – Clementi
- 5 November 1988: Clementi – Lakeside
- 4 November 1989: City Hall – Tanah Merah (start of the separation of the North South Line from the East West Line)
- 16 December 1989: Tanah Merah – Pasir Ris
- 10 March 1990: Jurong East – Choa Chu Kang (initially operated as the Choa Chu Kang branch of the East West Line, became part of the North South Line on 10 February 1996 upon completion of the Woodlands Extension)
- 6 July 1990: Lakeside – Boon Lay
Second phase of development
- 10 January 2001: Tanah Merah – Expo
- 18 October 2001: Dover (Station added on operational line)
- 8 February 2002: Expo – Changi Airport
Boon Lay Extension (BLE)
Tuas West Extension (TWE)
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.
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.
Half-height platform screen door installations
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, 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. They were first installed at Jurong East, Pasir Ris and Yishun stations in 2009 as trial runs.
By 14 March 2012, all above-ground stations have been retrofitted with the doors and are operational.
|Station Number||Station Name||Interchange/Notes|
|EW2 DT32||Tampines||Downtown Line (under construction)|
|EW4||Tanah Merah||Changi Airport Branch Line|
|EW8 CC9||Paya Lebar||Circle Line|
|EW9||Aljunied||Lunch Time Xpress terminus|
|EW12 DT14||Bugis||Downtown Line|
|EW13 NS25||City Hall||North South Line|
|EW14 NS26||Raffles Place||North South Line|
|EW16 NE3 TS17||Outram Park||Lunch Time Xpress terminus
North East Line
Thomson Line (under construction)
|EW21 CC22||Buona Vista||Circle Line|
|EW24 NS1||Jurong East||North South Line|
|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)|
|CG1 DT35||Expo||Downtown Line (under construction)|
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- "Construction Starts for Tuas West Extension". Land Transport Authority. 4 May 2012.
- "Speech (Part 1 – Public Transport) by Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport, for COS 2012". 7 March 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
- "Safety at MRT and LRT Stations — Respect The Yellow Line" (Press release). Land Transport Authority. 20 November 2005.[dead link]
- "Platform screen doors for all above-ground MRT stations by 2012". The Straits Times. 25 January 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-01-28.
- Yeo Ghim Lay (3 September 2008). "Platform doors for elevated MRT stations". The Straits Times. p. 26.
- "LTA Completes Installation of Half Height Platform Screen Doors". Land Transport Authority. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
- "Shuttle train service". SMRT Corporation. July 2003.
- "Tuas West Extension station names finalised". Land Transport Authority. 13 April 2012.
- "SMRT Lunchtime Xpress". SMRT Corporation. No date.