Singapore’s Land Transport Authority is preparing the opening of the first section of Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL), scheduled for 31 January 2020.
The TEL1, from Woodlands North to Woodlands South, comprises one depot at Mandai and three stations, including an interchange station at Woodlands that links to the North-South Line, providing commuters in Woodlands greater accessibility and shortening their travelling time. Woodlands Station is also equipped with a Civil Defence shelter.
The line will be operated by new five-door, four-car trains running along TEL1 at frequencies of 10 minutes during peak hours and 15 minutes during off-peak hours, at the commencement of passenger service for TEL1. As ridership on TEL1 increases, the frequencies for both peak and off-peak hours will be reviewed and adjusted.
The Thomson-East Coast Line will be opened in stages from 2020 and, in 2024, when fully operational the line will have a total length of 43 km, served by 32 new stations.
It will be the sixth MRT line, enhancing connectivity between the north, central and eastern parts of Singapore.
According to estimations, when fully operational, the TEL will serve approximately 500,000 commuters daily in the initial years, with the figure rising to about one million commuters in the longer term.