Tuas West Extension Opening on 18 June 2017

On 27 April 2017, the Land Transport Authority announced the opening of the East West Line Tuas West Extension (TWE) to be on 18 June 2017.

With the opening of the 7.5km long Tuas West Extension, Tuas Link Station will take over Joo Koon Station as the western terminus of the East-West Line.

The TWE will operate on the new Communication-based Train Control (CBTC) signalling system that will be used on the rest of the North South and East West Lines (NSEWL). The TWE project also involved the construction of the Tuas road viaduct, which opened on 18 February 2017, as well as a 26-hectare integrated Tuas MRT Depot, which provides stabling and maintenance facilities for up to 60 trains, including the 13 additional fourth-generation Kawasaki-Sifang C151A trains purchased for the TWE under Contract 151A (Variation Order) in 2012. Currently, multiple units of the newer Kawasaki-Sifang C151B fifth-generation trains are housed in Tuas Train Depot.

The four stations of the Tuas West Extension are:

EW30  Gul Circle

EW31  Tuas Crescent

EW32  Tuas West Road

EW33  Tuas Link

New Depot: Tuas MRT Depot

More photos on the TWE construction progress can be found in the individual articles of each station/depot.


Train Operations on the Tuas West Extension

As the Tuas West Extension uses the new Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) Signalling system, all Westbound East-West Line trains will change their on board signalling system from the Fixed-Block Signalling to CBTC at Pioneer MRT Station. The CBTC system between Joo Koon and Pioneer MRT Stations will also be permanently activated to allow trains to proceed down the line. Eastbound trains will also have to switch back to the Fixed-Block Signalling mode before moving off from Pioneer MRT Station towards Boon Lay.

Trains will no longer have to switch between signalling systems in 2018 when the entire East-West Line switches over to CBTC.


Bus Service Amendments with the opening of Tuas West Extension

Main Article: Bus Service Enhancements for Tuas West Extension opening

Tuas Bus Terminal in April 2017, with Public Transport logo fixed
Tuas Bus Terminal in April 2017, with Public Transport logo fixed

The Tuas / Jurong Industrial Bus Service Network will undergo several changes, such as new Bus Services 247 and 248 under the Jurong West Bus Package as well as route amendments to existing bus services with the opening of the TWE.

A new Tuas Bus Terminal has also been built on the roof of the Tuas MRT Depot building, with access ramps leading to Tuas West Drive and Tuas Link 4. The new bus terminal will eventually replace the older bus terminal at the junction of Tuas West Drive and Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, which has been in operation since 1998.

As the terminal is not ready for opening, the new Bus Services 247 and 248 commenced operations at the old Tuas Bus Terminal instead. In addition, new bus stops have been spotted in the Tuas West & Tuas South area leading up to the Bus Service Network change.

Also check out: Bus Service Enhancements for Tuas West Extension opening

Tuas West Extension Open House

Tuas Link MRT Station - Exit A

All four Tuas West Extension stations will be opened to the public from 1200hrs to 2000hrs on Friday, 16 June 2017. Attendees can try out the train service between Gul Circle and Tuas Link stations for free, as well as participate in various games and activities arranged at the Open House.

A free shuttle bus service will be provided from Pioneer & Joo Koon MRT Stations.


Tuas West Extension Promotional Roving Exhibitions

The Land Transport Authority will also be holding roving exhibitions to raise awareness in the few weeks leading up to the opening of the Tuas West Extension.
The roving exhibitions will be held at the following venues on the following dates:

  • 22, 24, 26, 30 May 2017
  • 1, 5, 7, 9, 13, 15 June 2017
Location Time
Boon Lay Integrated Transport Hub (Bus Interchange) 0700hrs – 0900hrs &
1100hrs – 1300hrs
Boon Lay MRT Station 0700hrs – 0900hrs &
1100hrs – 1300hrs
Joo Koon Integrated Transport Hub (Bus Interchange) 0700hrs – 0900hrs &
1100hrs – 1300hrs
Joo Koon MRT Station 0700hrs – 0900hrs &
1100hrs – 1300hrs
Jurong East Bus Interchange 0700hrs – 0900hrs
Jurong East MRT Station 0700hrs – 0900hrs
Pioneer MRT Station 0700hrs – 0900hrs

However, on the morning and afternoon of 22 May 2017, the roving exhibition for the Tuas West Extension at the above locations did not appear.

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4 thoughts on “Tuas West Extension Opening on 18 June 2017

  • 8 May 2017 at 4:17 PM
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    train service open house is only between gul circle and tuas link ? it does not start at joo koon?

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    • 11 May 2017 at 8:19 PM
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      Nope, it doesn’t. Open house is free, how do you take the train from Joo Koon (paid area) to the open house (unpaid)?

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  • 1 May 2017 at 12:25 AM
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    I also can/t wait for the Downtown Line 3 stations to be opened too! Plus the new confirmation of the new Jurong Region Line stations..

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  • 27 April 2017 at 7:26 PM
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    Well I can’t wait to travel on the new stations. I’m quite surprised they are not going to hold the open house on a weekend, but the later hours are acceptable.

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