The second stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL2) faces further delays to its opening schedule. This is the second revision for the opening schedule for TEL2, where it is now planned to open by Q3 2021, pushed back from the first revision of Q1 2021.
Land Transport Authority (LTA) mentioned in a Facebook post on 14 Dec that this delay to the opening of TEL2 was the resultant of COVID-19 impacting all sectors especially in the construction industry. They added that this is caused by many COVID-19-induced factors such as “disruptions to the global supply chain for construction materials and a general manpower crunch due to border closures.”
LTA added that the TEL2 would not be the only project which would face a revision in its opening schedule. They estimate further delays for up to 12 months on projects, such as the Cross Island Line (CRL), Jurong Region Line (JRL) and Circle Line Stage 6 (CCL6).
LTA also mentioned that they will take this opportunity to review the software of the signalling system more thoroughly with the contractor, to minimise teething issues as much as possible before the opening of TEL2.
The second stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line which consists of six stations from Springleaf to Caldecott, was originally scheduled to be open by end-2020.
Link to Facebook post by Land Transport Authority (LTA)
Changes to Thomson-East Coast Line Operating Hours from November to December 2020
TEL2 Progress Update – July 2020