UPDATE ON THOMSON LINE
The upcoming 30km Thomson Line (TSL) will have 22 stations and will be opened in three stages from 2019. The fully-underground TSL will be Singapore's sixth MRT line and run on a four-car system.
At 30km, TSL is 3km longer than first planned. It will also have four more stations than the 18 stated in the 2008 Land Transport Masterplan. It will be opened in three phases:
• Phase One (opening in 2019) with three stations from Woodlands North to Woodlands South.
• Phase Two (2020) with six stations from Springleaf to Caldecott.
• Phase Three (2021) the final stretch of 13 stations from Mount Pleasant to Gardens by the Bay.
TSL will have six interchange stations that will connect to all existing MRT lines and the upcoming Downtown Line.
It will connect to the North-South Line at Woodlands, Orchard and Marina Bay stations.
It will be linked with the Circle Line at Caldecott and Marina Bay, and with the North-East Line and East-West Line at Outram Park. The sixth interchange station is Stevens on stage two of the upcoming Downtown Line.
The Thomson line will start in the Woodlands North area and pass through places such as Sin Ming, Thomson, Orchard and Marina before ending at Gardens by the Bay.
It will run by landmarks such as Ai Tong School, Thomson Plaza, Raffles Town Club, Gleneagles Medical Centre, Ion Orchard, Great World City and the Singapore General Hospital.
LTA Press Release
22 Stations for 30-km Thomson Line
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is pleased to announce the rail alignment and station locations for Thomson Line (TSL).
2. The 30-km long TSL will connect commuters living along the North South corridor directly to the heart of the city and developments in the Marina Bay area. TSL will run from Woodlands in the north to Marina Bay. Fully underground, TSL will have 22 stations, including six interchange stations. These interchange stations will link the East West Line (EWL), North South Line (NSL), North East Line (NEL), Circle Line (CCL) and the future Downtown Line (DTL), for greater accessibility and improved travel time.
Better Connectivity and Shorter Waiting Time with TSL
3. Running parallel to the existing NSL, TSL will serve commuters living and working along its corridor in Woodlands, Sin Ming, Thomson, Kim Seng and Marina Bay areas that are not served by the existing MRT network. With six interchange stations, commuters can reach their destinations in the shortest possible time, directly or by making transfers at the interchanges. Residents along the TSL corridor will be able to experience savings in travel time. For example, a Sin Ming resident travelling to Republic Polytechnic will have his journey time reduced by half, from 50 minutes to 25 minutes.
Improved Integration with the Rail Network
4. With six interchange stations, the TSL will connect to all existing lines and the future DTL for improved accessibility to other areas:
a) TSL will connect to the NSL at the Woodlands and Orchard stations. Workers heading to the industrial estates of Woodlands and Sungei Kadut will be able to change trains at the NSL Woodlands station.
b) Caldecott station will connect commuters to the orbital CCL, offering inter-suburban connectivity.
c) Residents living along the Bukit Timah stretch can conveniently change trains at the future DTL Stevens station to connect to the TSL.
d) Outram Park station and the Marina Bay stations will provide excellent network access with the TSL connecting to the EWL and NEL at Outram Park station, and the NSL and CCL Marina Bay station.
5. The TSL will be completed in three stages, with the first stretch (three stations from Woodlands North to Woodlands South) to be completed in 2019. The second stretch (six stations from Springleaf to Caldecott) will be completed in 2020 and the final stretch (13 stations from Mount Pleasant to Gardens by the Bay) in 2021. When fully operational in 2021, the 22 stations on TSL will serve about 400,000 commuters daily.
6. While all efforts have been made to minimise land acquisition, the Government will need to acquire four full lots, including a post office along Upper Thomson Road and two landed properties along Stevens Road and Robin Close. Pearls Centre will also be affected by the TSL construction as a TSL tunnel will run under part of the building. To optimise land use around the future TSL station at Outram Park, Pearls Centre at Eu Tong Sen Street will be acquired and amalgamated with the adjoining State land for a high-density mixed-use development. Five other part lots will be acquired but the acquisition will not affect the main building structure.
7. The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has gazetted the lands affected by acquisition today. Landowners who are directly affected will receive acquisition notices. SLA will also get in touch with them over the course of the next few weeks to assist them with their queries and concerns.
This will greatly boost that value of the developments and certainly, a great convenience to the residents in these developments nearby the MRT Stations.
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