Thomson-East Coast MRT Line

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     Thomson-East Coast Line
Laluan MRT Thomson-Pantai Timur
汤申-东海岸地铁线
தாம்சன் - ஈஸ்ட் கோஸ்ட் எம்ஆர்டி வழி
MRT map TS.svg
The Thomson-East Coast Line is coloured brown on system maps.
Overview
Type Rapid transit
System Mass Rapid Transit (Singapore)
Status Thomson stretch
Under construction

East Coast stretch
Architectural and engineering consultancy studies
Termini Woodlands North
Sungei Bedok
Stations 31
Services 1
Operation
Opening 2019 (Stage 1)
2020 (Stage 2)
2021 (Stage 3)
2023 (Stage 4)
2024 (Stage 5)
Owner Land Transport Authority
Operator(s) To be announced
Technical
Line length 43 km (27 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification Third rail

The Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) will be the sixth Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and the fourth fully automated and driverless system line in Singapore. The line was announced on 15 August 2014 by the Land Transport Authority as the merger of the Thomson Line (TSL) and the Eastern Region Line (ERL).[1] The line is fully underground. The stretch from Woodlands North to Gardens by the Bay costs S$18 billion. The line will open in five stages from 2019 onwards, and interchanges with all existing lines. When the first three stages are opened, it is expected to serve about 500,000 commuters daily.[2][1]

The line, which is 43 km (27 mi) long and consists of 31 stations, will run through the north-south corridor, starting in the northern Woodlands area, passing through the industrial estate of Sin Ming, down to the residential Thomson area and the shopping districts of Orchard and Marina Bay, then running eastwards along the east coast through Siglap, Marine Parade and Bedok South, before ending at Sungei Bedok. Residents in the heartlands of Sembawang, Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan-Toa Payoh, Moulmein-Kallang, Tanjong Rhu and Bedok South will benefit from faster and more direct connections to the city. Its depots are located at Mandai, south of Woodlands, and near the south-eastern terminus of the line at Tanah Merah.[3] If built, the planned Singapore-Johor Bahru Rapid Transit System is also likely to offer interchange to the line's Woodlands North terminus.

History[edit]

Thomson stretch[edit]

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 km to 30 km.[4]

On 16 June 2011, the Land Transport Authority announced the location of the depot for the line, 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. In addition, the northern terminus will also house the Johor Bahru RTS link.[5]

On 29 August 2012, it was announced the Thomson Line will be ready from 2019 onwards instead of the indicative timeline of 2018 announced in the Land Transport Masterplan.[2]

Construction of the Thomson Line began in January 2014.[6]

On 27 June 2014, the groundbreaking ceremony took place at Woodlands. All the working station names were confirmed as the final names except for Sin Ming station which was changed to Bright Hill.

East Coast stretch[edit]

The line was first officially announced on 18 October 2001. In its preliminary plans, Eastern Region Line 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.[7] However, the northern part of the loop such as Jalan Besar, Tampines, MacPherson and Kaki Bukit is now part of the Stage 3 of the Downtown Line. The ERL is now planned to closely follow the southern stretch of the originally announced plan.

On 11 July 2012, a speech by Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport, at Downtown Line 3 (DTL3) Tunelling Works Ceremony, announced that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) are starting architectural and engineering consultancy studies for the Eastern Region Line, which will eventually connect to the Thomson Line.[8]

On 29 May 2013, Land Transport Authority director of rail services, Melvyn Thong said at the Modern Railways conference, there are plans to extend ERL and link to the future Singapore Changi Airport's Terminal 4 which is set to be ready by 2017[9] but on 1 June 2013, LTA clarified that ERL will not provide an MRT link to the planned Terminal 4,[10] but instead, on Aug 30 2013, Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo unveiled plans that it will be linked to the future planned Singapore Changi Airport's Terminal 5, a mega terminal, which will be the largest terminal in Singapore upon completion around the mid 2020s.[11]

Merger[edit]

On 15 August 2014, it was announced that the Eastern Region Line will be merged with the Thomson Line to form the Thomson-East Coast Line, extending the project to 5 stages.[1]

Opening in Stages[edit]

The Thomson-East Coast Line will be opening in 5 Stages: Stage 1 in 2019, Stage 2 in 2020, Stage 3 in 2021, Stage 4 in 2023 and Stage 5 in 2024. The Stage 6 will be considered as it will go into the Changi Airport Terminal 5, due for completion in 2028.

Stage 1 (2019)[edit]

Stage 1 consists of Woodlands North, Woodlands and Woodlands South. This phase will benefit passengers living in northern Singapore and enhance accessibility and connectivity to the Central Business District and Downtown area.

Stage 2 (2020)[edit]

Stage 2 consists of Springleaf, Lentor, Mayflower, Bright Hill, Upper Thomson and Caldecott. Residents of the newly developed Springleaf estate will be welcomed by a new MRT station in the future. Passengers living west of Ang Mo Kio or Thomson will also be able to experience savings in travel time when commuting. As for Caldecott, it will become an interchange station with Thomson-East Coast Line when it opens in 2020 and will connect commuters to the orbital Circle Line, offering inter-suburban connectivity.[2]

Stage 3 (2021)[edit]

Stage 3 includes the next thirteen stations from Mount Pleasant to Gardens by the Bay. It will interchange with the North South Line at Orchard and Marina Bay stations, East West Line and North East Line at Outram Park station, Circle Line at Marina Bay station and Downtown Line at Stevens station.

Stage 4 (2023)[edit]

Stage 4 will include seven new stations plying along the east coast from Tanjong Rhu to Bayshore.

Stage 5 (2024)[edit]

Stage 5 will be the final phase of the Thomson-East Coast Line, consisting of Bedok South and Sungei Bedok, with a depot at Tanah Merah. The world's first four-in-one train and bus depot will also be built with the TEL. It will house buses and trains for the TEL, East-West Line and Downtown Line. The 36ha depot at Changi can house about 220 trains and 550 buses and integrating the depot for both buses and trains will help to save close to 60 football fields of land space.

Rolling stock[edit]

The Thomson-East Coast Line's rolling stock will be a four-car system instead of the previous three-car system to enable additional capacity to cope with any increase in long-term demand.[2]

On 28 May 2014, the LTA announced that it has awarded the Contract T251 (Kawasaki Heavy Industries & CSR Sifang T251), worth S$749 million to Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd/CSR Qingdao Sifang Co. Ltd/Kawasaki Heavy Industries (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. Consortium, for the design, manufacturing and delivering the new four-car trains. The new fully automated and driverless trains will be the first batch to be equipped with five doors per side per carriage, to facilitate fast and smooth boarding and alighting.[12]

Stations[edit]

Station Number Station Name Interchange/Notes
Stage 1
 TE1  Woodlands North
 TE2  NS9  Woodlands North South Line
 TE3  Woodlands South
Stage 2
 TE4  Springleaf
 TE5  Lentor
 TE6  Mayflower
 TE7  Bright Hill
 TE8  Upper Thomson
 TE9  CC17  Caldecott Circle Line
Stage 3
 TE10  Mount Pleasant
 TE11  DT10  Stevens Downtown Line
 TE12  Napier
 TE13  Orchard Boulevard
 TE14  NS22  Orchard North South Line
 TE15  Great World
 TE16  Havelock
 TE17  EW16  NE3  Outram Park East West Line
North East Line
 TE18  Maxwell
 TE19  Shenton Way
 TE20  NS27  CE2  Marina Bay North South Line
Circle Line
 TE21  Marina South
 TE22  Gardens by the Bay
Stage 4
 TE23  Tanjong Rhu
 TE24  Katong Park
 TE25  Amber
 TE26  Marine Parade
 TE27  Marine Terrace
 TE28  Siglap
 TE29  Bayshore
Stage 5
 TE30  Bedok South
 TE31  DT37  Sungei Bedok Downtown Line

There will be two possible stations along the Thomson-East Coast MRT Line to be built in 2030s: Tagore (which will be the Lentor North private houses, between Springleaf and Lentor) and Marina East (Between Gardens by the Bay and Tanjong Rhu) . It is highly likely for this line to have at least 2 stations extending from Sungei Bedok, one at future Changi Airport Terminal 5 and the future terminus at Aviation Park located in Changi Point by 2030s so as to interchange with another in-planning future MRT line Cross Island MRT Line.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Joint News Release by the Land Transport Authority & Singapore Land Authority - Thomson-East Coast Line: New MRT Links In The East". Land Transport Authority. 15 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Speech by Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport, at the Inspection of Downtown Line 1 Station and Announcement of Thomson Line alignment, 29 August 2012, 10.00am at Telok Ayer Station". Ministry of Transport. 29 August 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ "LTA unveils sites for Thomson Line terminal station". Channel News Asia. Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  4. ^ http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/2343/tslinfo.png
  5. ^ "Thomson Line Depot To Be Constructed In Mandai". Land Transport Authority. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  6. ^ "Caldecott - It's Beginning". Thomson Line Construction. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Speech by Mr Raymond Lim – Doubling our Rail Network". Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  8. ^ "Speech by Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport, at DTL3 Tunelling Works Ceremony". Ministry Of Transport. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Direct MRT link to Changi Airport planned". The Straits Times. 2013-05-30. 
  10. ^ "No Terminal 4 link on Eastern Region Line". asiaone. 2013-06-01. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  11. ^ "Changi T5 to land by mid 2020s, capacity to handle 50m passenger movements a year". The Straits Times. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd/CSR Qingdao Sifang Co. Ltd/Kawasaki Heavy Industries (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. Consortium Awarded Prestigious Contract Worth $749 million". Land Transport Authority. 28 May 2014.