Thomson-East Coast MRT Line
|Eastern Region Line
The Eastern Region Line's colour and route are not confirmed.
|System||Mass Rapid Transit (Singapore)|
|Status||Architectural and engineering consultancy studies|
|Owner||Land Transport Authority|
|Operator(s)||To be announced|
|Line length||21 km (13 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 81⁄2 in) standard gauge|
The Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) will be the sixth Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and the fourth fully automated and driverless system line in Singapore. The stretch from Woodlands North to Gardens by the Bay costs S$18 billion. The line will open in five stages from 2019 onwards, and interchanges with all existing lines. When the first three stages are opened, it is expected to serve about 500,000 commuters daily. The Thomson Line section was announced on 29 August 2012, whereas the Eastern Region Line section was announced on 15 August 2014. Both were merged into Thomson-East Coast Line.
The line, which is 43 km (27 mi) long and consists of 31 stations, will run through the north-south corridor, starting in the northern Woodlands area, passing through the industrial estate of Sin Ming, down to the residential Thomson area and the shopping districts of Orchard and Marina Bay, then running eastwards along the east coast through Siglap, Marine Parade and Bedok South, before ending at Sungei Bedok. Residents in the heartlands of Sembawang, Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan-Toa Payoh, Moulmein-Kallang, Tanjong Rhu and Bedok South will benefit from faster and more direct connections to the city. Its depots are located at Mandai, south of Woodlands, and near the south-eastern terminus of the line at Tanah Merah. If built, the planned Singapore-Johor Bahru Rapid Transit System is also likely to offer interchange to the line's Woodlands North terminus.