Changi Depot

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Changi Depot
Location 5 Koh Sek Lim Road, Singapore 486050
Coordinates 1°19′46.67″N 103°57′27.33″E / 1.3296306°N 103.9575917°E / 1.3296306; 103.9575917
Owner(s) Land Transport Authority
Operator(s) SMRT Corporation
Type At-Grade
Roads Upper Changi Road East, Xilin Avenue
Rolling stock C151, C651, C751B, C151A, C151B (future), C151C (Future)
Routes served East West Line
Opened 1989

Changi Depot is located in Changi near Koh Sek Lim Road, Singapore.

Changi Depot comprises a train yard, which can hold a capacity of 35 trains and has an area of 250,000 square metres. The depot is also used for train inspection for trains on the East West Line. The depot was completed in late 1980s when the East West Line was completed. The depot is beside the NEWater Visitor Center and is near Expo MRT station.

The depot is located between Expo station and Tanah Merah station on the East West Line and has 2 reception tracks: 2 tracks eastbound towards Tanah Merah station.

The depot will be replaced by East Coast Integrated Depot in 2024.[1][2]


On May 18, 2010, a Kawasaki Heavy Industries C151 train carriage was deliberately vandalised in the depot. Elaborate graffiti was drawn on the lower half of the carriage.[3]

A Swiss national, Oliver Fricker was charged with three charges of trespassing into the depot on the early hours of May 17 and vandalising the train by spraying paint and damaging public property by cutting a wired fence into property belonging to the Land Transport Authority. Another British national has also been named as being involved in the case. However, his whereabouts are unknown.[4]

SMRT apologised for security lapse on June 8, 2010. It reviewed the security measures in all depots together with the authorities. All personnel of the security companies, employed by SMRT, have been instructed to step up vigilance. The number of security personnel and patrols at each depot has been increased.[5]

SMRT was fined S$50,000 for this incident.[6]


In August 2012, plans were announced to replace the existing Changi Depot, which will be demolished. A new depot, East Coast Integrated Depot, will be built beside the current site. The depot will house the rolling stock of the East West, Downtown and Thomson-East Coast lines. The facility is an underground (66 tracks for DTL), at-grade (62 tracks for TEL) and elevated depot (72 tracks for EWL) spread over three levels for each line. In August 2014, it was announced the completion date will be in 2024.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "World's First Four-In-One Depot" (PDF). Land Transport Authority. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "LTA Awards Contract to Build World's First Four-In-One Depot". Land Transport Authority. 21 March 2016. 
  3. ^ May 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-04.
  4. ^ Jun 5, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-05.
  6. ^ Oct 18, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-18.