Thomson-East Coast Line

The Thomson-East Coast Line will be the sixth line to be introduced into the MRT system and is currently coloured brown on the system map. The line is designed to be a medium capacity radial line. It will be operated by SMRT Trains when it opens for passenger service.

It is a fully automated and driverless underground rapid transit line. When fully completed, it will span 43km with 31 stations. The line will be opening in stages - 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023 and 2024.

The Thomson-East Coast Line will serve as an alternative to the North South Line from Woodlands to Marina Bay, while providing a new access to the train network for commuters in the East Coast area.

All Thomson-East Coast Line stations will also feature Art in Transit.


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At a Glance

Thomson-East Coast Line

Opening in 2019

43km with 31 stations

Medium capacity line with 4-car trains

Fully-automatic train operation

Line operated by SMRT Trains

Line diagram

Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) Line Diagram

The Thomson-East Coast Line is currently not in operation.

Rolling stock

History

Merging the Thomson Line and Eastern Region Line

The Thomson Line was originally announced on 25 January 2008 in the Land Transport Master Plan 2008 as a 27km 18-station line. The final alignment of the Thomson Line was announced on 29 August 2012, and was extended to 30km with 22 stations.

The Eastern Region Line was originally planned as a 40km rectangular line. The northern section of the Eastern Region Line became part of the Downtown Line 3. The southern stretch of the original Eastern Region Line became part of the current Thomson-East Coast Line.

On 15 August 2014, it was announced that the Eastern Region Line will run together with the Thomson Line. The alignment and stations of the East Coast stretch of the Thomson-East Coast Line was also announced on the same day.

The contract to operate the TEL for 9 years was awarded to SMRT Trains on 15 September 2017.

Thomson stretch

The Thomson stretch of the Thomson-East Coast Line consists of 22 stations across 30km, from Woodlands North to Gardens by the Bay. Constructions for the Thomson stretch started on 27 June 2014.

Thomson-East Coast Line 1

The Thomson-East Coast Line 1 primarily serves as a connection of the Woodlands North and Woodlands South areas to the North South Line. Stage 1 of the line is expected to be completed by 2019.

Thomson-East Coast Line 2

The second stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line consists of six stations from Woodlands South to Caldecott and is expected to be completed by 2020.

Thomson-East Coast Line 3

The Thomson-East Coast Line 3 serves as an alternate route for the North South Line, connecting Gardens by the Bay to Caldecott. It is expected to be completed by 2021.

East Coast stretch

The East Coast stretch of the Thomson-East Coast Line spans 13km, consisting of 9 stations from Tanjong Rhu to Sungei Bedok. It also includes a 3-in-1 36 hectares East Coast Integrated Depot for the Thomson-East Coast Line, Downtown Line and East West Line after Sungei Bedok station. Constructions for the East Coast stretch of the Thomson-East Coast Line began on 21 July 2016, together with the construction of the Downtown Line 3 extension and the East Coast Integrated Depot.

Thomson-East Coast Line 4

Stage 4 of the Thomson-East Coast Line opens up rail connections in the East Coast region, from Gardens by the Bay to Bayshore station. The line is expected to be completed by 2023.

Thomson-East Coast Line 5

The Thomson-East Coast Line 5 will serve as an alternative to the East West Line and Downtown Line, and is expected to be completed by 2024. It will connect the Thomson-East Coast Line to the Downtown Line 3 extension at Sungei Bedok.

Timeline

Date Project Description
2019 Stage 1 Woodlands North - Woodlands South (3 stations)
2020 Stage 2 Woodlands South - Caldecott (6 stations)
2021 Stage 3 Caldecott - Gardens by the Bay (13 stations)
2023 Stage 4 Gardens by the Bay - Bayshore (7 stations)
2024 Stage 5 Bayshore - Sungei Bedok (2 stations)
Future Future stations between existing stations Station between Springleaf and Lentor
Station between Gardens by the Bay and Tanjong Rhu

Facts + Figures

Type
Medium capacity Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
Stations / Length
31 stations / 43km (2023)
Thomson stretch (future) - 22 stations / 30km
East Coast stretch (future) - 9 stations / 13km
Depots
Mandai Depot
East Coast Integrated Depot (future)
Train Length
4 cars
Track Gauge
Standard gauge (1435mm)
Electrification
750V DC from third rail
Operation Type
Fully-automated operation
Signalling System
Moving-block Alstom Urbalis 400 CBTC

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