Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has finalised the alignment and station locations for the sixth and final phase of the Circle Line (CCL6).
The three-station, 4km-long CCL6 will close the loop for the Circle Line (CCL) by linking HarbourFront Station to Marina Bay Station.
The new stations at Keppel, Cantonment and Prince Edward are scheduled to be completed in 2025, bringing the total CCL stations to 33, including 12 interchange stations with other MRT lines.
Following completion, commuters will have a direct route between areas in the west such as Pasir Panjang and Kent Ridge and major employment areas in the central business district, as well as upcoming developments in the Marina Bay area.
People travelling from areas such as Paya Lebar and Mountbatten will have faster access to the retail and office centres in the HarbourFront area.
Commuters currently have to make multiple transfers between Telok Blangah and Marina Bay stations, even though they are on the same line.
The CCL6 will allow commuters travelling from the Telok Blangah housing estate to the Marina Bay area reach the destination in a single train ride, rather than making two MRT transfers at North East Line and North-South Line.
As an orbital line, CCL improves overall connectivity and capacity, as well as strengthens the resilience of the MRT network by connecting the existing radial lines and creating multiple routes between stations.
According to LTA, the new stations will be designed to reflect the architecture of the existing buildings, such as the Cantonment station will be integrated with the old Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (TPRS) building.
In order to meet future needs, Kim Chuan Depot will be expanded to almost double its capacity from 70 to 133 trains.
In September, LTA has awarded a S$136.8m ($97m) contract to a consortium of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, CSR Qingdao Sifang and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Singapore to deliver 12 new six-car trains.
These are the final batch of the 57 new trains that will be put into service on the North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL) between 2016 and 2019.
Delivery of the 12 trains is scheduled to begin in early 2018, when they will undergo testing at the NSEWL depots before being put into service around mid-2019.