Siglap MRT – Thomson East Coast Line
The S$176 million contract for Siglap station was awarded to a joint venture between John Holland and Zhen Hua (Singapore) Engineering. Both John Holland and Zhen Hua are subsidiaries of China Communication Construction Company.
The 13-km East Coast stretch of the TEL will connect commuters living in the eastern parts of Singapore to the city and will benefit those in areas not currently served by the rail network such as Tanjong Rhu, Siglap, Marine Parade, Upper East Coast and Bedok South. This will be built on reclaimed land, similar to Marina Bay Station on the Circle Line.
Estimated Stages Of Completion
The East Coast stretch of the TEL will be completed in two stages. The first seven stations from Tanjong Rhu to Bayshore will be ready in 2023 while the remaining two stations will be completed by 2024. The construction is posing some challenges as the Tanjong Rhu MRT tunnel is to be built above the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE).
DTL3e will be 2.2 kilometres long and consists of two stations. This extension to the 42-km DTL will improve public transport accessibility to the Changi Business Park and Expo areas and will be ready in 2024.
In the media dated 21 July 2016, it was reported that LTA was exploring extending TEL to Changi Airport, that is extending from Sungei Bedok Station to Terminal 5 Changi Airport and current Changi Airport station. LTA is also exploring the feasiblity of connecting Cross Island Line to Terminal 5.
When TEL is operational fully in 2024, it is expected to serve about one million commuters daily on the long term.
Siglap MRT Location
The Siglap MRT Station will be along Marine Parade Road, franked by Victorica School, St. Andrew Autism School, Elliot At The East Coast and Laguna Park. One of the latest new property launches within a stroll will be the Seaside Residences by Fraser Centrepoint.
With the concept of underground bicycle parks which can be found at 4 of the MRT stations, commuters will be encouraged to cycle to East Coast Beach which could lead to Changi or Marina Bay. At Siglap MRT, there are park connectors via Siglap Linear Park which links up parks nearby such as Bedok Reservior Park, Bedok Town Park and Telok Kurau Park. A guide to the Eastern Coastal Park Connector Network (ECPCN) Cycling Trail are provided by National Parks (click here)