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Thomson-East Coast Line 4: LTA Hands Over 7 New Stations to SMRT; Slated for Opening in 1H 2024

Katong Park MRT station for the Thomson-East Coast Line 4; Onboard information systems displaying end of service at Bayshore MRT station. (Images: LTA, SGTrains)

Katong Park MRT station for the Thomson-East Coast Line 4; Onboard information systems displaying end of service at Bayshore MRT station. (Images: LTA, SGTrains)

Seven MRT stations under the fourth stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL4) have been handed over to rail operator SMRT Trains, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Feb 6), signifying another step closer to the TEL4 opening.

The upcoming TEL4 comprises Tanjong Rhu, Katong Park, Tanjong Katong, Marine Parade, Marine Terrace, Siglap and Bayshore MRT stations.

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7 MRT Stations for TEL4 Opening in the First Half of 2024

TE 23 Tanjong Rhu
TE 24 Katong Park
TE 25 Tanjong Katong
TE 26 Marine Parade
TE 27 Marine Terrace
TE 28 Siglap
TE 29 Bayshore


TEL4 Stations Fundamentally Completed, Slated to Open in First Half

Marine Parade MRT station for the fourth stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL4). (Image: LTA/Facebook)

Marine Parade MRT station for the fourth stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL4). (Image: LTA/Facebook)

LTA said in a Facebook post that it has completed civil and structural works for the TEL4 stations, and the testing & commissioning of systems and a new batch of trains.

It added that the following steps involve integration tests, which ensures that “TEL4 can run seamlessly with the TEL1 to TEL3 stations”.

"We will continue to work closely with LTA on the rigorous testing of the systems and preparations to get ready for the operations of TEL4." (Image: SMRT/Facebook)

“We will continue to work closely with LTA on the rigorous testing of the systems and preparations to get ready for the operations of TEL4.” (Image: SMRT/Facebook)

“SMRT will also be running further tests to get their operations all ready to serve you.”

In an interview by Lianhe Zaobao on Jan 9, then-Acting Transport Minister Chee Hong Tat said authorities are aiming to open the TEL4 in the first half of 2024.

Full-line Testing Done with Over 30 New Batch of Trains for TEL4

"This train service will end at TE29 Bayshore." (Source: SGTrains)

“(This train) service will end at TE29 Bayshore.” (Source: SGTrains)

According to crowdsourced data by trainspotters on SGTrains Spotters, over 30 new trains, which had been stowed until TEL4 testing commenced, have been spotted running the full line from Woodlands North to Bayshore on Jan 28.

These batch of trains also included the updated MRT system maps, which show the entire TEL route and other upcoming stations, such as Hume and Punggol Coast MRT stations for the Downtown Line (DTL) and North East Line (NEL), respectively.

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Keen-eyed trainspotters also noticed that at Gardens by the Bay MRT station, the current TEL terminus, the trains’ onboard information systems had indicated that it would be ending its service at the upcoming Bayshore MRT station, the TEL4 terminus.

Tanjong Rhu MRT station for the fourth stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL4). (Image: LTA/Facebook)

Tanjong Rhu MRT station for the fourth stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL4). (Image: LTA/Facebook)

Katong Park MRT station for the fourth stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL4). (Image: LTA/Facebook)

Tanjong Katong MRT station for the fourth stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL4). (Image: LTA/Facebook)

Tanjong Katong MRT station for the fourth stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL4). (Image: LTA/Facebook)

Marine Terrace MRT station for the fourth stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL4). (Image: LTA/Facebook)

Siglap MRT station for the fourth stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL4). (Image: LTA/Facebook)

Bayshore MRT station for the fourth stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL4). (Image: LTA/Facebook)

Bayshore MRT station for the fourth stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL4). (Image: LTA/Facebook)



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External Links
汤东线第四阶段争取上半年通车 加强东部交通衔接 (Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 4 to be commissioned in the first half of the year to enhance travel connection in the eastern part of the country) – ZB [Accessed 06 Feb 2024]
“We’ve got some exciting news to #TEL you! 📢 The 7️⃣ #TEL4 stations – 📍Tanjong Rhu, 📍Katong Park, 📍Tanjong Katong, 📍Marine Parade, 📍Marine Terrace, 📍Siglap, and 📍Bayshore – have been handed over to SMRT! 🥳” – LTA/Facebook [Accessed 06 Feb 2024]
“🧧Huaaaat ah! 🀅 An auspicious seven more Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) stations are officially handed over to #SMRT by Land Transport Authority – We Keep Your World Moving today! 🎉 With TEL Phase 4 (TEL4) 🟤 progressing smoothly, SMRT is on the rise! 🌅” – SMRT/Facebook [Accessed 06 Feb 2024]


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This article first appeared on SGTrains.

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