SINGAPORE — Six MRT stations along the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) will open for passenger service from 28 August, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a media release on Wednesday (30 June).
The stations - Springleaf, Lentor, Mayflower, Bright Hill, Upper Thomson and Caldecott - span 13 kilometres of the TEL, which opened its first three stations in Woodlands on 31 January last year.
Caldecott will serve as an interchange station that connects to the Circle Line (CCL), while Bright Hill Station will be a future interchange station with the Cross Island Line (CRL).
LTA said in its media release that it is in the final stages of systems testing and commissioning, to ensure that the new TEL stations operate seamlessly with the existing three TEL stations.
When the new stations open, about 100,000 households will be within a 10-minute walk from a station along TEL. LTA said that these residents can expect time savings of up to 50 per cent when travelling via these stations.
"For example, a Sin Ming resident travelling to Republic Polytechnic by TEL will have his journey time halved, from 50 minutes currently to 25 minutes," it said.
The 43km TEL is Singapore’s sixth MRT line. When fully operational, it will add 32 new stations to the existing rail network, eight of which are interchange stations.
It is expected to serve approximately 500,000 commuters daily in the initial years, and this will increase to about one million commuters in the longer term. As TEL runs parallel to the North-South Line (NSL), it will also help to reduce reliance and commuter load on NSL.
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