Singapore is set to begin work on the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) East Coast stretch, Downtown Line 3 Extension (DTL3e), and the East Coast Integrated Depot.
Once the full TEL is completed, it will carry half a million passengers every day and is set to bolster the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) network.
Singapore’s Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Khaw Boon Wan said when DTL3 opens next year, it will add another line in the eastern part of Singapore and DTL will be complete.
The 2.2km extension includes new Xilin and Expo stations and is expected to open in 2024. The East Coast stretch will serve residents in Katong, Marine Parade, and Bedok and connect the Thomson stretch all the way to Woodlands North Station near Republic Polytechnic.
From there, the TEL will interchange with the Rapid Transit System Link to Johor and at the eastern end will also benefit from the DTL3e.
This extension will add another two stations to DTL3 and link it up with the East-West Line and TEL further improving accessibility to the Changi Business Park and Expo areas.
TEL is set to open in five stages between 2019 and 2024, with further plans to be connected to the future Changi Airport Terminal 5, as well as the existing Changi Airport MRT station.
The line will provide a direct connection from the airport to the city and will feature the first four-in-one depot. The first TEL East Coast stretch stations are expected to open in 2023.