Final Preparations for the Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 2

Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL2)

With the second stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL2) from Springleaf to Caldecott stations set to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2021, we have spotted some details which can be signs that the TEL2 is undergoing its final preparations and is one step closer to be opened!


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1. “This train service will end at Caldecott”

The Caldecott MRT station Exit 3 of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL).

The Caldecott MRT station Exit 3 of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL).

Upon arrival at Woodlands South, the train will announce that it will then terminate at Caldecott.

This is a possible indicator that the train is configured under the signalling system to terminate at Caldecott and is cleared for access through TEL2 stations.


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2. New Batches of T251 trains with Tip-up Seats

A Kawasaki-CRRC Sifang T251 train fitted with Tip-up Seats for passengers.

A Kawasaki-CRRC Sifang T251 train fitted with Tip-up Seats for passengers.

Some Kawasaki-CRRC Sifang T251 train sets are spotted with tip-up seats, these were not seen previously on T251 trains before.

The tip-up seats spotted are similar looking to the ones installed on the Kawasaki-CRRC Sifang C151C trains plying the North-South Line (NSL) and East-West Line (EWL).

This is another likely indicator that shows more intensive testing is being done by deploying more trains to simulate the train frequency and timetabling under the signalling system for TEL2.


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Shorter Travel Times with Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 2

The concourse for the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) side of Caldecott MRT station.

The concourse for the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) side of Caldecott MRT station.

When TEL2 opens, residents living in the vicinity of Thomson will benefit massively by gaining access to faster travelling times to the North of the island.

Currently, a resident living in Sin Ming who wants to go to Woodlands MRT station will have to take the bus to Bishan MRT station and then use the NSL.

With TEL2, they can utilise the new MRT line, essentially giving them a ‘short-cut’ straight from Bright Hill MRT station to Woodlands MRT station, saving them a lot of time!

Click to learn more about Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) »


Related Posts

Opening of TEL2 revised to Q3 2021

TEL2 Progress Update – July 2020

Related Links
Thomson-East Coast Line – SGTrains
Kawasaki-CRRC Sifang T251 – SGTrains
Signalling Systems – SGTrains
North-South Line – SGTrains
East-West Line – SGTrains
Kawasaki-CRRC Sifang C151C – SGTrains


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Lam

Currently pursuing Bachelor in Computing Science. Have an interest with technology and how it will be a future enabler in improving efficiency and work process. Interested in railway operations and planning.