The 11 stations, which come under stage 3 of the TEL, run from Stevens to Gardens by the Bay is expected to be ready for passenger service by the end of this year in 2022. Commuters taking the MRT directly from Springleaf to Great World City can look forward to saving more than 40 per cent in travel time compared to a 60-minute journey by bus and train. While TEL Stage 3 has 13 stations, two of them - Mount Pleasant and Marina South - will remain closed until developments around them are ready.
Below are the 11 stations that are set to open this year:
The station along Stevens Road in Bukit Timah is already a Downtown Line station. Nearby landmarks include Raffles Town Club and Singapore Chinese Girls' School. There is also the Equatorial condominium complex, which used to be one of Singapore's most famous luxury hotels, the Hotel Equatorial.
The station in Napier Road is near Gleneagles Hospital, the Botanic Gardens and several embassies including the Australian High Commission, the United States Embassy, the Embassy of Indonesia, the Embassy of China and Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Dempsey Hill dining enclave is a short bus ride away.
3. Orchard Boulevard
Located slightly off Orchard Road along Orchard Boulevard, the station is near hotels such as The St. Regis Singapore, the Regent Singapore and JEN Singapore Tanglin by Shangri-La. It is also near the Singapore Tourism Board and the Hard Rock Cafe.
Orchard MRT station is already on the North-South Line. Alighting here will give commuters access to Orchard Road and its malls including Wheelock Place, Ion Orchard and Wisma Atria.
5. Great World
The station in River Valley Road is near Great World City and Kim Seng Park, named after Peranakan philanthropist Tan Kim Seng. There are also a few hot selling new condominium projects like Irwell Hill Residences by CDL, Riviere by Frasers as well as the Amped Trampoline Park, which is the first facility of its kind, equipped with nearly 50 trampolines in an indoor studio.
Havelock MRT station in Zion Road is near Concorde Shopping Centre and the waterfront avenue next to Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore. It is also near Bukit Ho Swee, where one of the most major kampung fires broke out in 1961 and destroyed the homes of nearly 16,000 people. Within walking distance is the Taoist Giok Hong Tian Temple, which has survived multiple fires in Singapore's history and is today one of the oldest temples in the country.
7. Outram Park
Outram Park MRT station in Outram Road will become a major interchange connected to three lines: the TEL, the East-West Line and the North-East Line. The station is located near the Singapore General Hospital, Outram Polyclinic, the Health Promotion Board, the National Dental Centre and the Health Sciences Authority building. Also within walking distance is the Everton Park area lined with conservation shophouses, private art galleries, cafes and pottery studios as well as three new condo projects like One Pearl Bank by Capitaland and The Landmark by MCC Land and Avenue South Residence by UOL.
Maxwell MRT station in Neil Road is near the Kreta Ayer People's Theatre, funded by public donations in 1969 to bring Chinese opera to the public. The station is located next to the famous Maxwell Food Centre, and near many religious sites such as the Sri Mariamman Temple and Thian Hock Keng Temple, as well as Ann Siang Road, known for its nightlife.
9. Shenton Way
This station in Park Street is at the heart of the Central Business District, near the UIC Building, Shenton House and the Marina One towers.
Like Outram Park station, Marina Bay station in Park Street will be connected to three MRT lines: TEL, Circle Line and North-South Line. It is near the Marina One towers and Marina Bay Financial Centre.
11. Gardens by the Bay
This station will give commuters another option to get to Gardens by the Bay. The attraction is currently served by Bayfront MRT station, which is an interchange station on the Circle Line and the Downtown Line. The Marina Barrage is also near this new station, which is located in Marina Gardens Drive.
The entire Thomson-East Coast Line – comprising 32 stations with eight interchange stations was initially expected to be fully operational in 2024. The MRT line stretches to the eastern part of Singapore, including Bayshore, Siglap and Marine Parade. However, the timeline for completion had been pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic and manpower constraints. Once the TEL line is fully completed, more than 240,000 households will be within a 10-minute walk from a TEL station.
The government has previously announced that by 2030, eight in ten households will be within a ten minute walk to a MRT station. By 2026, three stations will be added between HarbourFront and Marina Bay MRT stations, closing the loop for the Circle Line. By around 2027, 24 stations on the Jurong Region Line (JRL) serving the north-western part of Singapore, connecting towns like Choa Chu Kang, Tengah and Jurong to Nanyang Technological University are expected to be completed and from 2030, the Cross Island Line is projected to be completed in several stages.