The Thomson-East Coast Line 3 (TEL3) which comprises 13 stations from Mount Pleasant MRT station to Gardens by the Bay MRT station is scheduled to be opening in 2022.
However, two TEL3 stations will not be opened for passenger service until surrounding developments become ready in the future.
2 MRT Stations for TEL3 To Open at a Later Date
TE 10 Mount Pleasant MRT station
The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) announced on Tuesday (Nov 23) that 5,000 new housing flats will be built over several years at Mount Pleasant, over the site of the present Old Police Academy.
The land parcel – bounded by the Pan Island Expressway, Thomson Road and the Bukit Brown cemetery, is the size of roughly 46 football fields.
It is near the Central Catchment Nature Reserve and the future Mount Pleasant MRT station. The site is currently heavily forested without any immediate surrounding developments.
SLA also announced that the Mount Pleasant MRT station will open in tandem with the new developments, i.e. it will remain closed as the rest of the TEL3 opens in 2022.
TE 21 Marina South MRT station
Speaking to The Straits Times on Tuesday (Nov 23), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said that Marina South MRT station will also open only when surrounding developments are ready.
The present state of land surrounding the Marina South MRT station is bare with minimal developments.
The nearby Marina Bay Cruise Center is dutifully served by the Marina South Pier MRT station on the North-South Line (NSL).
Rail Network Had Dormant MRT Stations in the Past
The practice of dormant train stations is not new to the rail network in Singapore.
Woodleigh MRT station on the North East Line (NEL) only opened in 2011 despite being completed in the early 2000s.
This was due to insufficient developments in the vicinity of the station at that time.
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Around 5,000 HDB flats to be built in Mount Pleasant; first BTO project for sale within next 5 years – The Straits Times [Accessed 24 Nov 2021]
New HDB estate with 5,000 flats to be built in Mount Pleasant at Old Police Academy site – CNA [Accessed 24 Nov 2021]
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Writing by KuHaMoHa; Editing by Loh