North East MRT line

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North East MRT line
An Alstom Metropolis C751A train at Hougang, bound for HarbourFront.
Native nameLaluan MRT Timur Laut
வடக்கு கிழக்கு எம்ஆர்டி வழி
TypeRapid transit
SystemMass Rapid Transit (Singapore)
Under planning (Punggol Coast)
Punggol Coast (2023)
Stations16 (excluding reserved station for NE2)
1 (Under planning)
Daily ridership579,000 (Q1 2017)
Opened20 June 2003; 16 years ago (2003-06-20)
15 January 2006; 13 years ago (2006-01-15) (Buangkok)
20 June 2011; 8 years ago (2011-06-20) (Woodleigh)
2023; 4 years' time (2023) (Punggol Coast)
OwnerLand Transport Authority
Operator(s)SBS Transit (ComfortDelGro)
CharacterFully underground
Rolling stockC751A
Line length20 km (12 mi) (Operational)
1.6 km (0.99 mi) (Under planning)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification1500V DC Overhead catenary
Operating speedlimit of 90 km/h (56 mph)
Route map
MRT map NE.svg

The North East MRT Line (NEL) is the third Mass Rapid Transit line in Singapore. The line is 20 km long with 16 stations and operated by SBS Transit. Travelling from one end of this line to the other end takes about half an hour.[1] This line is coloured purple in the rail map.

The line joins central Singapore to the north-eastern part of the island. Transfer to the North South Line is done at Dhoby Ghaut station, East West Line at Outram Park station, Circle Line at Serangoon and Dhoby Ghaut and Downtown MRT Line at Chinatown and Little India stations.

This line is the first MRT line in Singapore to be completely underground (running in a tunnel all the way between HarbourFront and Punggol). It is also the first (and so far, the only) line where trains get their power from overhead wires above the track, instead of a third rail beside the track.

All the trains on the North East Line are automated (computer-controlled) and do not have an operator driving the train at the front. It is one of the world's first rapid transit lines that does not need drivers and is one of three such lines in the MRT network today. The others are the Circle Line and the Downtown Line.[2]

Stations[change | change source]

Station Number Station Name Interchange
 NE1  CC29  HarbourFront Change to Circle Line
 NE3  EW16  TE17  Outram Park Change to East West Line
Change to Thomson-East Coast Line
 NE4  DT19  Chinatown Change to Downtown Line
 NE5  Clarke Quay  
 NE6  NS24  CC1  Dhoby Ghaut Change to North South Line
Change to Circle Line
 NE7  DT12  Little India Change to Downtown Line
 NE8  Farrer Park  
 NE9  Boon Keng  
 NE10  Potong Pasir  
 NE11  Woodleigh  
 NE12  CC13  Serangoon Change to Circle Line
 NE13  Kovan  
 NE14  Hougang  
 NE15  Buangkok  
 NE16  STC{{{2}}}  Sengkang Change to Sengkang LRT Line
 NE17  PTC{{{2}}}  Punggol Change to Punggol LRT Line

The Land Transport Authority has announced that it will extend the North East Line from its current northern terminal at Punggol to a new station called Punggol Coast. Construction will begin in 2018, and it is expected to open in 2023.

References[change | change source]

  1. Travel Time, SBS Transit
  2. "Singapore Northeast Line" (PDF). Alstom.

Other websites[change | change source]