1. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) marked the start of construction of the Tuas West Extension with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the future Tuas Link station today. The ceremony was graced by the Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Lui Tuck Yew.
2. When completed in 2016, the Tuas West Extension will be an extension of the East West Line from Joo Koon station, consisting of a 7.5km long twin-tracked MRT viaduct, four aboveground stations and a depot. The MRT viaduct is also integrated with part of a 4.8km long road viaduct along Pioneer Road, which will increase the road capacity to cope with anticipated increase in traffic.
3. The stations - Gul Circle, Tuas Crescent, Tuas West Road and Tuas Link - will extend MRT connectivity to the Tuas area and is expected to serve more than 100,000 commuters daily. Commuters to the Tuas area can also look forward to savings in travelling time of up to 35 minutes.
4. A 26-hectare depot will also be built to provide stabling and maintenance facilities for the additional 35 North South East West Line trains that will be bought for the Extension and to cater for future expansion of the NSEWL. The depot will be able to stable up to 60 trains.