On January 31, Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has inaugurated the first section 3.2 km line of Thomson-East Coast (TEL), providing passengers free travel until 2 February.
The three-station opened section provide transport connection in northern Singapore, adding the Woodlands North, Woodlands, and Woodlands South MRT stations to the SMRT mass transit network.
The Thomson-East Coast line will be opened in two stages, with the second one being 90 per cent completed and scheduled to enter services by the end of 2020. It will comprise six stations from Springleaf to Caldecott, with two interchange stations at Bright Hill and Caldecott. Bright Hill station will link to the future Cross Island Line, while Caldecott station will link to the existing Circle Line (CCL).
The TEL 1 and TEL 2 lines will bring benefits to 100,000 inhabitants as they are now within a 10-minute walk from one of the nine stations. The residents will be able to experience travel time savings of up to 50 per cent.
When fully operational in 2024, the TEL system is expected to serve approximately 500,000 commuters daily in the initial years, rising to about 1 million passengers in the longer term.
TEL will provide enhanced connectivity between the northern, central, and eastern parts of Singapore and will parallel run to the North-South Line (NSL).