Wednesday, July 11, 2012

LTA to announce Thomson Line stations soon

SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is in the final stages of the advance engineering study for the Thomson Line, and will announce the alignment and stations in the next few months.

LTA is also starting consultancy studies for the Eastern Region line which will eventually connect to the Thomson line.

Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo revealed this as she launched the start of tunnelling works for the third and final stage of the Downtown Line (DTL3).

The first of two tunnel-boring machines at the future Mattar Station will tunnel through a distance of about 1.4 kilometre (km) to Geylang Bahru Station.

DTL3 which will have 16 stations, will run almost parallel to the East-West line.

For those who live and work around this stretch of the line, DTL3 will provide a transport link to the Central Business District, the Marina Bay area and the rest of the island.

The entire tunnelling process for the whole 21-km stretch of DTL3 is expected to take about 25 months.

LTA said DTL3 is on track to be completed in 2017.

Construction of the first two phases is also making good progress.

Ms Teo said phase 1 is on track to open its six stations towards the end of next year.

The first two trains will be delivered in October this year and another six progressively before the line opens.

While about 35 per cent of tunnelling work for phase two has been completed.

"The Downtown Line will enhance overall rail connectivity in the eastern corridor, and bring relief to the crowded stretches of the East-West Line which we experience from time to time. Downtown Line will give us a much denser rail network which will make public transport more comprehensive and more convenient for our commuters," she shared.

Ms Teo said LTA will roll out more lines to boost the capacity of the public transport system.

A team of experienced officers has also been assembled to work on the upgrade of the ageing North-South and East-West lines' signalling system.

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