Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) launched the construction works for the Cross Island Line phase 1 (CRL1) with a ground-breaking ceremony officiated by Minister for Transport S. Iswaran at the site of the future CRL Bright Hill station.
The first phase covers the construction of a 29 km line with 12 stations from Aviation Park to Bright Hill serving the residential and industrial areas such as Loyang, Hougang and Ang Mo Kio. More than 100,000 households will benefit from CRL1, and common recreational spaces such as Changi Beach Park and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park will also become accessible by public transport.
Cross Island Line phase 1 will be linked to East – West Line at Pasir Ris station, North – East Line at Hougang station, North – South Line at Ang Mo Kio station and Thomson-East Coast Line at Bright Hill station. This section is expected to enter passenger services in 2030.
The line will have a branch from Pasir Ris to Punggol forming the Cross Island Line-Punggol extension for which the final station contract was recently awarded. This 7.3 km section will provide a direct link for commuters travelling between eastern areas such as Pasir Ris and Tampines North, and north-eastern areas such as Punggol and Sengkang.
Currently, LTA is progressively calling tenders for the 15 km CRL Phase 2 (CRL2) which comprises 6 stations from Turf City to Jurong Lake District, while engineering studies are ongoing for the third phase. The Environmental Impact Study for CRL2 have been completed. The alignment and station locations of this section has been announced in September 2022. Two of the six stations will be interchange stations, with King Albert Park station connecting commuters to the Downtown Line, and Clementi station to the East – West Line. With the improved connectivity, CRL2 will shorten travel times for commuters travelling to and from the western parts of Singapore. CRL2 is expected to enter operation in 2032.
Cross Island Line (CRL), the 8th MRT line of Singapore will be the longest fully underground line at more than 50 km long. It will serve existing and future developments in the eastern, western, and north-eastern corridors, connecting major hubs such as Jurong Lake District, Punggol Digital District and Changi region.