Slated to be one of the world's longest driverless rapid transit lines, the Thomson–East Coast Line (TEL) runs along a combined north–south and east–west corridor, starting in the north at Woodlands town, passing through Upper Thomson and the towns of Ang Mo Kio and Bishan, before heading south to Orchard Road and Marina Bay, then running eastwards along the east coast through Kallang, Marine Parade and Bedok South, before ending at Upper East Coast.
The Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) is currently being opened in 5 stages, with Stage 1 (from Woodlands North to Woodlands South) that opened on 31 January 2020. Stage 2 (from Springleaf to Caldecott) which opened on 28 August 2021 and now Stage 3, which will extend operations from Caldecott to Gardens by the Bay was just announced by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on 7 Oct 2022 (Friday) that it will open on 13 November 2022.
Stage 3 of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) spans 13.2km, the stations are Stevens, Napier, Orchard Boulevard, Orchard, Great World, Havelock, Outram Park, Maxwell, Shenton Way, Marina Bay and Gardens by the Bay.
The 11 new stations come under Stage 3 of the TEL. Another two stations under Stage 3 – Mount Pleasant and Marina South – will open only when housing developments around them are ready.
Stage 2, comprising six stations from Springleaf to Caldecott, started passenger service in August 2021, adding to the three stations in Woodlands that opened in 2020 in Stage 1.
Complementing the rail system are the two Light Rapid Transit (LRT) systems in Bukit Panjang, and Sengkang and Punggol, which acts as a feeder service that brings commuters closer to their homes.
The train system is currently run by two public transport operators – SMRT Corporation Ltd (SMRT) and SBS Transit (SBS).
- SMRT operates the North-South Line, East-West Line, Circle Line, Thomson-East Coast Line and the Bukit Panjang LRT.
- SBS operates the North East Line and the Downtown Line, and the Sengkang-Punggol LRT.
Since 2018, some 200km of sheltered walkways have been added island-wide as part of the Walk2Ride programme. Pedestrians can now enjoy a sheltered walk within 400m from all MRT stations and within 200m from bus interchanges, LRT stations and selected bus stops with high commuter volumes.
FREE TRAVEL ON 11 NOV 2022
An opening event will be held on 11 Nov 2022 and commuters can travel for free along the 11 new stations from 10am to 9pm on that opening day.
LTA said other activities will also be held to mark the opening of the newest stage of the TEL, and these will be announced on its social media pages.
"Developers of new condo projects like Irwell Hill Residences, One Pearl Bank, The Landmark, Riviere, Avenir, etc will likely see an increase in buyer interests this few weeks. Capitaland already hinted that its iconic new condo One Pearl Bank located strategically within 3 minutes walk to Outram Park MRT interchange with three MRT lines (NE Line, East West Line and TEL Line) in the city fringe on a beautiful green city hill-top on Pearl Hill may see prices increase from 31 Oct 2022 onwards."