Following a very eventful 2021 for the train network, here are some of the Singapore Rail Developments which commuters and trainspotters can look forward to in 2022!
2022 Outlook – Singapore Train Network
#1 Opening of 11 MRT Stations for Thomson-East Coast Line (Stage 3)
The third stage for the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL3), which connects the line to the city centre, is expected to open this year – owing to delays due to the pandemic.
Initially expected for completion in 2021, the TEL3 comprises 13 MRT stations from Mount Pleasant MRT station to Gardens by the Bay MRT station.
However, only 11 MRT stations will open, as Mount Pleasant MRT station and Marina South MRT station would only open in tandem with the developments around the station.
Based on past occurrences from TEL2, we may expect to see revised operating hours to test & integrate systems between TEL3 and the rest of the MRT line.
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#2 Entry Into Service for Alstom Metropolis C751A Trains (Refurbished)
Since the first quarter of 2019, the Alstom Metropolis C751A trains for the North East Line (NEL) underwent mid-life refurbishment works.
The first refurbished train is expected to make entrance into passenger service this year.
Complementing the cosmetic upgrades to interior fittings, such as new seats and floorings, these refurbished trains will have condition monitoring systems installed.
The refurbished trains will also have passenger information systems, air conditioning & ventilation systems and other mechanical & electrical systems upgraded and/or replaced.
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#3 New Bombardier MOVIA R151 Trains for North-South & East-West Lines
106 new Bombardier MOVIA R151 trains were purchased between 2018 and 2020, to replace the first, second and third generation trains running on the North-South Line (NSL) and East-West Line (EWL).
The first few trains are expected to arrive in Singapore later this year and are expected to make entrance into passenger service later on.
These new trains are integrated with condition monitoring systems to assist engineers & mechanics in a robust, efficient and effective predictive maintenance regime.
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#4 New Alstom Metropolis C851E Trains for Circle Line
23 new Alstom Metropolis C851E trains were purchased in 2018 to complement the sixth stage of the Circle Line (CCL6) in 2026.
The first few trains are expected to arrive in Singapore later this year and are expected to make entrance into passenger service from 2024 onwards.
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#5 New Bombardier INNOVIA C801B Trains for Bukit Panjang LRT
19 new Bombardier INNOVIA APM 300 C801B trains were purchased in 2018, as part of renewal works for the Bukit Panjang LRT.
The first two trains are expected to arrive in Singapore later this year and are expected to commence testing & entrance into service later on.
These trains will make a one-to-one replacement with the existing first generation trains.
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#6 Opening of Integrated Train Testing Centre (Phase 1)
The first phase of Singapore’s new Integrated Train Testing Centre (ITTC) is expected to commence operations later this year.
Occupying a site of approximately 50 hectares, the ITTC will support the testing & commissioning of trains and railway systems for both new and existing rail lines.
The ITTC will be fully operative when the second phase opens in 2024.
#7 Finalisation of Alignments for the Cross Island Line (Phase 2)
The alignment of the second phase for the Cross Island Line (CRL2) is expected to be finalised later this year.
The CRL would be Singapore’s eighth MRT line, connecting the country’s major hubs such as Jurong Lake District, Punggol Digital District and Changi.
When fully completed, it will be the country’s longest fully underground MRT line, serving existing and future developments in the eastern, north-eastern and western corridors.
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North-South Line – SGTrains
East-West Line – SGTrains
Circle Line – SGTrains
Thomson-East Coast Line – SGTrains
Cross Island Line – SGTrains
Bukit Panjang LRT – SGTrains
Alstom Metropolis C851E (CCL) – SGTrains
Bombardier MOVIA R151 – SGTrains
Bombardier INNOVIA APM 300 C801B – SGTrains
Images by LTA and SGTrains
Writing by Lam; Editing by Loh