Singapore MRT/LRT Timeline


Over the past 5 decades, the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) network in Singapore had transformed significantly with the opening of new rail lines, extension of existing rail lines and opening of more stations along the network.

This article provides a brief chronological timeline of the opening of MRT/LRT lines and stations in Singapore since 1987. For a more detailed overview on the history of the MRT system in Singapore, please refer to our article on the History of the Singapore MRT.

Singapore MRT/LRT Timeline (1987 – Present):

Year Date MRT/LRT Line Service Changes
1987 7 Nov NSL Opening of Toa Payoh, Braddell, Bishan, Ang Mo Kio & Yio Chu Kang stations
12 Dec NSL Opening of Raffles Place, City Hall, Dhoby Ghaut, Somerset, Orchard, Newton & Novena stations
NSL (1987 – 1988)
EWL (since 1988)
Opening of Tanjong Pagar & Outram Park stations
1988 12 Mar EWL Opening of Tiong Bahru, Redhill, Queenstown, Commonwealth, Buona Vista & Clementi stations
5 Nov EWL Opening of Jurong East, Chinese Garden & Lakeside stations
20 Dec NSL Opening of Yishun & Khatib stations
1989 4 Nov NSL Opening of Marina Bay station
EWL Opening of Bugis, Lavender, Kallang, Aljunied, Paya Lebar, Eunos, Kembangan, Bedok & Tanah Merah stations
16 Dec EWL Opening of Simei, Tampines & Pasir Ris stations
1990 10 Mar EWL (1990 – 1996)
NSL (since 1996)
Opening of Branch Line (Bukit Batok, Bukit Gombak & Choa Chu Kang stations)
6 Jul EWL Opening of Boon Lay station
1996 10 Feb NSL Opening of Woodlands Extension (Sembawang, Admiralty, Woodlands, Marsiling, Kranji & Yew Tee stations)
1999 6 Nov BPLRT Opening of Choa Chu Kang, South View, Keat Hong, Teck Whye, Phoenix, Bukit Panjang, Petir, Pending, Bangkit, Fajar, Segar, Jelapang, Senja & Ten Mile Junction stations)
2001 10 Jan EWL Opening of Expo station
18 Oct EWL Opening of Dover station
2002 8 Feb EWL Opening of Changi Airport station
2003 18 Jan SKLRT Opening of East Loop (Sengkang, Compassvale, Rumbia, Bakau, Kangkar & Ranggung stations)
20 Jun NEL Opening of HarbourFront, Outram Park, Chinatown, Clarke Quay, Dhoby Ghaut, Little India, Farrer Park, Boon Keng, Potong Pasir, Serangoon, Kovan, Hougang, Sengkang & Punggol stations
2005 29 Jan SKLRT Opening of West Loop (Thanggam, Fernvale, Layar, Tongkang & Renjong stations)
PGLRT Opening of East Loop (Punggol, Cove, Meridian, Coral Edge, Riviera & Kadaloor stations)
2006 15 Jan NEL Opening of Buangkok station
2007 15 Jun PGLRT Opening of Oasis station
15 Nov SKLRT Opening of Farmway station
2009 28 Feb EWL Opening of Boon Lay Extension (Pioneer & Joo Koon stations)
28 May CCL Opening of Stage 3 (Bartley, Serangoon, Lorong Chuan, Bishan & Marymount stations)
2010 17 Apr CCL Opening of Stages 1 & 2 (Dhoby Ghaut, Bras Basah, Esplanade, Promenade, Nicoll Highway, Stadium, Mountbatten, Dakota, Paya Lebar, MacPherson & Tai Seng stations)
2011 20 Jun NEL Opening of Woodleigh station
PGLRT Opening of Damai station
8 Oct CCL Opening of Stages 4 & 5 (Caldecott, Botanic Gardens, Farrer Road, Holland Village, Buona Vista, one-north, Kent Ridge, Haw Par Villa, Pasir Panjang, Labrador Park, Telok Blangah & HarbourFront stations)
2012 14 Jan CCL Opening of Circle Line Extension (Bayfront & Marina Bay stations)
2013 1 Jan SKLRT Opening of Cheng Lim station
22 Dec DTL Opening of Stage 1 (Bugis, Promenade, Bayfront, Downtown, Telok Ayer & Chinatown stations)
2014 29 Jun PGLRT Opening of West Loop (Nibong, Sumang & Soo Teck stations)
23 Nov NSL Opening of North South Line Extension (Marina South Pier station)
2015 27 Jun SKLRT Opening of Kupang station
27 Dec DTL Opening of Stage 2 (Bukit Panjang, Cashew, Hillview, Beauty World, King Albert Park, Sixth Avenue, Tan Kah Kee, Botanic Gardens, Stevens, Newton, Little India & Rochor stations)
2016 29 Feb PGLRT Opening of Sam Kee station
29 Dec PGLRT Opening of Punggol Point station
2017 31 Mar PGLRT Opening of Samudera station
18 Jun EWL Opening of Tuas West Extension (Gul Circle, Tuas Crescent, Tuas West Road & Tuas Link stations)
21 Oct DTL Opening of Stage 3 (Fort Canning, Bencoolen, Jalan Besar, Bendemeer, Geylang Bahru, Mattar, MacPherson, Ubi, Kaki Bukit, Bedok North, Bedok Reservoir, Tampines West, Tampines, Tampines East, Upper Changi & Expo stations)
2019 13 Jan BPLRT Permanent closure of Ten Mile Junction station
2 Nov NSL Opening of Canberra station
2020 31 Jan TEL Opening of Stage 1 (Woodlands North, Woodlands & Woodlands South stations)
2021 28 Aug TEL Opening of Stage 2 (Springleaf, Lentor, Mayflower, Bright Hill, Upper Thomson & Caldecott stations)

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