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!
1. “This train service will end at Caldecott”
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.
2. New Batches of T251 trains with Tip-up Seats
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.
Shorter Travel Times with Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 2
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!
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Opening of TEL2 revised to Q3 2021
TEL2 Progress Update – July 2020
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