Updated: 06/27/2014 22:07

Thomson Line to be ready by 2021

Thomson Line to be ready by 2021

Singapore's sixth rail line, the Thomson Line, will be ready by 2021. 

When completed, it's expected to bring an additional 60 per cent capacity along the North-South corridor as it runs largely parallel to the existing North-South Line. 

It's expected to see a daily ridership of around 400,000 commuters and cut journey time by as much as 30 minutes. 

The fully underground line will comprise 22 stations, linking the northern part of Singapore to the Central Business District. 

The line will have interchanges at Woodlands, Caldecott, Stevens, Orchard, Outram Park and Marina Bay. 

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew, who was at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the line, said it marks another milestone towards realizing the Land Transport Master Plan's vision to double the length of Singapore's rail network. 

By then, eight in 10 households will be within a 10 minute walk of a train station. 

Mr Lui added that the line will be eventually linked to Johor Bahru via a Rapid Transit System link that Singapore is planning to build with Malaysia. 

Apart from the new line, Mr Lui said there are also a series of expansions to the existing rail network, including the North-South Line extension and the Tuas West Extension. 

"The Thomson Line is part of the Government's effort to improve the capacity and service levels of our rail network as quickly as we can. Over the next three years, Singaporeans will continue to see new lines and extensions opening, as we continue at an unprecedented pace of rail building."

Mr Lui said the West Loop of the Punggol LRT will open on the 29th of June.

He also announced the Land Transport Authority's plans to build Canberra station, which will be between Yishun and Sembawang. 

The Thomson Line will be opened in three phases in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

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