Upcoming MRT Lines and Extensions from 2021

With the Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 2 set to commence operations in the third quarter of this year, let’s take a look at other upcoming MRT lines and their respective expected operating dates!

Opening Soon: Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 2 – April 2021 Progress Update

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2022-2025: Thomson-East Coast Line – Stage 3, 4 and 5

Stages 3, 4 and 5 of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) will open in three stages from 2022 to 2025.

The third stage of the TEL will connect commuters from Caldecott to Gardens by the Bay, interchanging with the North-South, East-West, North East and Circle Lines at Orchard, Outram Park and Marina Bay. It is expected to open in 2022.

The East Coast stretch (TEL4 and 5) spans 13km and consist of 9 stations from Tanjong Rhu to Sungei Bedok, and will open up rail connections in the East Coast region. TEL4 and 5 is expected to open in 2024 and 2025 respectively.
TE22A Founders’ Memorial station will be completed in tandem with the new 5ha memorial (2027)

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Downtown Line 3 Extension

A 2-station 2.2km extension from the Downtown Line 3 Expo station will connect to the Thomson-East Coast Line Sungei Bedok station and is expected to be completed in 2024.

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2024: North East Line Extension

The North East Line will be extended 1.6km northwards with Punggol Coast station by 2024, serving the Northshore District, Punggol Point District and Punggol Digital District. It will also serve Singapore’s pilot Enterprise District comprising of JTC Corporation’s mixed-use developments and also the new campus from Singapore Institute of Technology.

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2025: Downtown Line Hume station

The new station is situated between Hillview and Beauty World and will be the first underground station to be added along an existing line. As the station box has been constructed during the construction of the Downtown Line Stage 2, the station will only be required to be refitted. Construction works for the new station began earlier this year and the new station is expected to be completed by 2025.

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2026: Circle Line Stage 6

The 3-station 4km Circle Line Stage 6 will complete the loop of the Circle Line, connecting HarbourFront to Marina Bay stations. The sixth stage is expected to be completed by 2026.

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2027-2029: Jurong Region Line

Construction works for most of the stations and viaducts along the Jurong Region Line (JRL) are currently underway. Contracts for all of the JRL rail systems have been awarded and the line is scheduled to open in three phases from 2027 to 2029.

The JRL will be a fully elevated and automated rapid transit line. When it is fully completed in 2029, it will span 24km across 24 stations, serving residents of Choa Chu Kang, Boon Lay and the future developments in the Tengah area. It will also serve high-activity areas in Jurong West, such as Nanyang Technological University, the Jurong Industrial estate, including Jurong Island and the future Jurong Gateway and Jurong Innovation District.

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2030-2032: Cross Island Line

Construction works have started for Stage 1 of the Cross Island Line (CRL). Stage 1 of the CRL is scheduled to open in 2030, with 12 stations from Aviation Park to Bright Hill, interchanging with the North-South, East-West and North East lines at Ang Mo Kio, Pasir Ris and Hougang.

The CRL will enhance east-west travel from Changi to Jurong Industrial Estate; serving as an alternative route for the East-West and Downtown Lines.

The CRL Punggol Extension is scheduled to open in 2032, with 4 stations connecting Pasir Ris to Punggol. The extension will provide better rail connectivity with 3 stations interchanging with the East-West Line, North East Line and the Punggol LRT. Construction is expected to commence in 2022.

Details for subsequent stages of the CRL will be announced after engineering studies have been completed.

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Other rail extensions

Ninth MRT Line

A proposed new line has been identified for feasibility studies and will supplement the transport network in the north and northeast regions to serve new and growing developments as well as existing towns that currently do not enjoy direct access to the rail network. The corridor served by the new line could include areas such as Woodlands, Sembawang, Sengkang, Serangoon North, Whampoa, Kallang and the Greater Southern Waterfront.

The line could also relieve increasing travel demand along the northeast corridor, and strengthen the overall resilience of the MRT network.

Downtown Line 2 Extension and North-South Line Sungei Kadut station

The Downtown Line will be extended northwards to connect with the North-South Line at the new Sungei Kadut station, which will be situated between Yew Tee and Kranji stations. This interchange station will serve future developments by JTC Corporation at Sungei Kadut for SMEs in the metal, machinery and timber industries and the future Agri-Food Innovation Park (AFIP).

North-South Line Brickland station

The new Brickland station will be situated between Bukit Gombak and Choa Chu Kang station. Residents living in Keat Hong, Bukit Batok West, Pavilion Park, and Tengah town’s Brickland district will have faster and more convenient access to the rail network.

Thomson-East Coast Line Extension to Changi Airport

Passing through the future Changi Airport Terminal 5, the extension will also connect to the stretch between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport on the East-West Line, which will be converted to form part of the TELe.

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Matthew Ng

An avid train enthusiast since 2009, he designs graphics and infographics to promote the little known facts about Singapore's train network.