East West MRT Line
East West MRT Line
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 to the North East Line at Outram Park is possible via a linkway. Transfer to the Circle Line is also possible at Paya Lebar and Buona Vista via underpass and linkway. Developments involving the line include the Tuas West Extension (TWE), a four-station extension from Joo Koon, and the construction of the Downtown Line which will interchange with the East West Line at Bugis, Tampines and Expo.
- 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.
Commuters to the Tuas area can also look forward to savings in travelling time of up to 35 minutes. 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 35 North South East West Line trains that will be bought for the Extension and to cater for future expansion of the NSEWL. The depot will be able to stable up to 60 trains.
On 7 March 2012, Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Lui Tuck Yew told Parliament that, in conjunction with Tuas West Extension, a much larger depot will be built by 2016 to house the additional trains needed to enhance the capacity of the North South and East West Lines.
On 4 May 2012, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) marked the start of construction of the Tuas West Extension with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the future Tuas Link station. The ceremony was graced by the Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Lui Tuck Yew.
Half-height platform screen doors
With incidents of passengers falling into tracks and being hit-and-run by trains, the government announced plans to install half-height platform screen doors (HHPSDs) in a speech on 25 January 2008, citing lower costs due to its becoming a more common feature worldwide but once rejected. The HHPSDs were first installed on the platforms of Jurong East station (original platforms), Pasir Ris station and Yishun station in 2009 as trials and all other elevated stations (together with Jurong East station for JEMP platforms) will have platform screen doors installed eventually. On 7 March 2012, Minister for Transport Lui Tuck Yew told Parliament that all remaining elevated stations on NSEWL would be fitted with HHPSDs by March 2012. A preliminary implementation plan for railway noise mitigation would be developed by 3rd Quarter 2012. By 31 August 2011, all above-ground stations on the East West Line, including Expo on Changi Airport Branch Line (CAL), had operational HHPSDs.
|Station Number||Station Name||Interchange/Notes|
|EW2 DT32||Tampines||Downtown Line
|EW4||Tanah Merah||Changi Airport Branch Line|
|EW8 CC9||Paya Lebar||Circle Line
|EW9||Aljunied||East West Line 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||East West Line Lunch Time Xpress terminus
North East Line
|EW21 CC22||Buona Vista||Circle Line
|EW24 NS1||Jurong East||North South Line
|Boon Lay Extension (BLE)|
|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
SMRT had used to operate the branch sector of Tanah Merah to 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.
- "Speech by Mr Raymond Lim, Minister for Transport, at the visit to Kim Chuan Depot" (Press release). Land Transport Authority. 25 January 2008.
- Yeo Ghim Lay (3 September 2008). "Platform doors for elevated MRT stations". The Straits Times (Singapore).
- "COS 2012: Land Transport Updates" (Press release). Minsitry of Transport. 7 March 2012.
- "LTA Completes Installation of Half Height Platform Screen Doors" (Press release). Land Transport Authority. 14 March 2012.
- "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.