Thomson-East Coast Line

The Thomson-East Coast Line is the sixth line to be introduced into the MRT system and is coloured brown on the system map. SMRT Trains is currently operating the line.

The line is designed to be a medium capacity radial line and is a fully automated and driverless rapid transit line. When fully completed, it will span 43km with 32 stations. The first stage of the line opened on 31 January 2020, with subsequent stages opening in 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.


At a Glance

Thomson-East Coast Line

Stage 1 opened 31 January 2020

43km with 32 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

Stage 2-5: TE4 Springleaf - TE31 Sungei Bedok stations are currently not in operation.

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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. The first stage was initally slated to open at the end of 2019, but it was pushed to 31 January 2020 for additional tests to ensure the reliability of the line.

Thomson-East Coast Line 2

The second stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line consists of six stations from Woodlands South to Caldecott and was initially expected to be completed by the end of 2020. It was announced on 4 September 2020 that the opening date for TEL2 will be pushed to Q1 2021 due to the impact from COVID-19. It was subsequently announced on 14 December 2020 that the project will be delayed to Q3 2021 and other land transport projects will also be delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Line Extensions

Founders' Memorial Station

Engineering provisions has been put in place for an additional station between Gardens by the Bay and Tanjong Rhu stations. The contract to build the new Founders' Memorial station was awarded on 7 January 2019, with construction work to start in the later part of 2019.

The new station will be completed in tandem with the new 5ha memorial (2027), which showcases the contributions of modern Singapore's founders.

Thomson-East Coast Line Extension

It was announced in the Land Transport Master Plan 2040 on 25 May 2019 that the Thomson-East Coast Line will be extended from Sungei Bedok to Changi Airport station, connecting the new Changi Airport Terminal 5 with the existing Terminals 1-3 at the existing Changi Airport station.

The Changi Airport branch of the East-West Line from Changi Airport to Tanah Merah will also be converted to the Thomson-East Coast Line system by 2040.

The extension is expected to be completed by 2040.


Date Project Description
31 January 2020 Stage 1 Woodlands North - Woodlands South (3 stations)
Q3 2021 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)
In tandem with Founders' Memorial
Founders' Memorial Station Founders' Memorial station between Gardens by the Bay and Tanjong Rhu
By 2040 Thomson-East Coast Line Extension Sungei Bedok - Changi Airport (3 stations)
Changi Airport - Tanah Merah (Conversion from EWL to TEL)
Future Future stations between existing stations Station between Springleaf and Lentor

Facts + Figures

Medium capacity Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
Stations / Length
32 stations / 43km (2025)
Thomson stretch (future) - 22 stations / 30km
East Coast stretch (future) - 9 stations / 13km
Founders' Memorial Station (future) - 1 station
Mandai Depot
East Coast Integrated Depot (future)
Train Length
4 cars
Track Gauge
Standard gauge (1435mm)
750V DC from third rail
Operation Type
Fully-automated operation
Signalling System
Moving-block Alstom Urbalis 400 CBTC