Singapore Rail Timeline


Over the past decades, the rail 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.

Given the large number of changes to the public rail system in Singapore since the late seventies, have you ever wondered how the rail system evolved from only a couple of stations when it first opened in 1987 to the comprehensive system it became today? The Singapore Rail Timeline helps to put together the answers to some of these questions by listing all changes to the rail network in chronological order.

Timeline of Rail Service Changes:

Year Date MRT/LRT Line Service Changes
1987 7 November NSL Opening of Toa Payoh, Braddell, Bishan, Ang Mo Kio & Yio Chu Kang stations
12 December 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 March EWL Opening of Tiong Bahru, Redhill, Queenstown, Commonwealth, Buona Vista & Clementi stations
5 November EWL Opening of Jurong East, Chinese Garden & Lakeside stations
20 December NSL Opening of Yishun & Khatib stations
1989 4 November NSL Opening of Marina Bay station
EWL Opening of Bugis, Lavender, Kallang, Aljunied, Paya Lebar, Eunos, Kembangan, Bedok & Tanah Merah stations
16 December EWL Opening of Simei, Tampines & Pasir Ris stations
1990 10 March EWL (1990 – 1996)
NSL (since 1996)
Opening of Bukit Batok, Bukit Gombak & Choa Chu Kang stations
6 July EWL Opening of Boon Lay station
1996 10 February NSL Opening of Woodlands Extension (Sembawang, Admiralty, Woodlands, Marsiling, Kranji & Yew Tee stations)
1999 6 November 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 January EWL Opening of Expo station
18 October EWL Opening of Dover station
2002 27 February EWL Opening of Changi Airport station
2003 18 January SKLRT Opening of East Loop (Sengkang, Compassvale, Rumbia, Bakau, Kangkar & Ranggung stations)
20 June 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 January 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 January NEL Opening of Buangkok station
2007 15 June PGLRT Opening of Oasis station
15 November SKLRT Opening of Farmway station
2009 28 February 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 April CCL Opening of Stages 1 & 2 (Dhoby Ghaut, Bras Basah, Esplanade, Promenade, Nicoll Highway, Stadium, Mountbatten, Dakota, Paya Lebar, MacPherson & Tai Seng stations)
10 December BPLRT Temporary closure of Ten Mile Junction station
2011 20 June NEL Opening of Woodleigh station
PGLRT Opening of Damai station
8 October 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)
30 December BPLRT Reopening of Ten Mile Junction station
2012 14 January CCL Opening of Circle Line Extension (Bayfront & Marina Bay stations)
2013 1 January SKLRT Opening of Cheng Lim station
22 December DTL Opening of Stage 1 (Bugis, Promenade, Bayfront, Downtown, Telok Ayer & Chinatown stations)
2014 29 June PGLRT Opening of West Loop (Nibong, Sumang & Soo Teck stations)
23 November NSL Opening of North South Line Extension (Marina South Pier station)
2015 27 June SKLRT Opening of Kupang station
27 December 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 February PGLRT Opening of Sam Kee station
29 December PGLRT Opening of Punggol Point station
2017 31 March PGLRT Opening of Samudera station
18 June EWL Opening of Tuas West Extension (Gul Circle, Tuas Crescent, Tuas West Road & Tuas Link stations)
21 October 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 January BPLRT Permanent closure of Ten Mile Junction station
2 November NSL Opening of Canberra station
2020 31 January TEL Opening of Stage 1 (Woodlands North, Woodlands & Woodlands South stations)

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