Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 1 to open in January 2020

The first stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line is scheduled for opening in end-January 2020, before Chinese New Year.

Comprising TE1 Woodlands North, TE2NS9 Woodlands, TE3 Woodlands South stations, as well as Mandai Depot, the opening date was announced by Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan during a visit to Mandai Train Depot on 19 September 2019. The second stage of the TEL, consisting of six stations between Springleaf and Caldecott, is also expected to open later in 2020.

The Thomson-East Coast Line is planned to be fully operational by 2024, connecting Woodlands North to Sungei Bedok. The line is also planned for extension to Tanah Merah, via Changi Airport and replacing the existing Changi Branch Line. (Read more at Changi Branch Line to become part of Thomson-East Coast Line)

Previously, the line was announced to open before Christmas 2019 by Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan during a visit to Bright Hill MRT station on 25 January 2019.

Train Stations

  • Stage 1 (early 2020): Woodlands North, Woodlands & Woodlands South
  • Stage 2 (2020): Springleaf to Caldecott
  • Stage 3 (2021): Mount Pleasant to Gardens by the Bay
  • Stage 4 (2023): Tanjong Rhu to Bayshore
  • Stage 5 (2024): Bedok South & Sungei Bedok
  • 2025: Founders’ Memorial station
  • By 2040: Extension to Tanah Merah via Changi Airport T5

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10 thoughts on “Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 1 to open in January 2020

  • 11 November 2019 at 3:39 PM

    When in end-January 2020 will it open?

  • 15 October 2019 at 5:40 PM

    Absolutely useless without the connection to JB. 2 new stations, saves about 100-200m of walking for the people transferring to Woodlands.

    • 17 October 2019 at 7:39 PM

      Nope. My uncle lives next to Woodlands South MRT and he currently has to take a 10-20 min bus to go home from Woodlands. With the TEL, the journey time is cut by about 10 min and he doesn’t need to wait as long as he currently wants for the bus. Little things matter. Where did you even get the figure 100m??

  • 2 October 2019 at 5:14 PM

    For what reason was TEL Stage 1 delayed??


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