We refer to Mr Jonathan Toh’s letter "Boost connectivity of Downtown Line” (The Straits Times, 10 January 2014), where he suggested extending the Downtown Line (DTL) 2 from Bukit Panjang to Choa Chu Kang station.
In planning a new rail line, LTA works closely with relevant planning agencies to review existing and planned developments, population density along the corridor, and the increased mode shift towards public transport, among other things. These factors were carefully considered when determining the DTL alignment.
The new DTL station at Bukit Panjang will connect to Choa Chu Kang MRT station and bus interchange via the current Bukit Panjang LRT system and bus services that ply the two estates. This will provide residents staying in the Choa Chu Kang, Yew Tee and other estates in the northwestern part of Singapore with an alternative MRT connection to the heart of the city. Closer to the opening of the DTL, the LTA will also review the bus routes along the DTL to enhance the bus-rail integration for residents in towns not directly served by the DTL.
To enhance the connectivity for commuters in the west, LTA is also studying the alignment of the proposed Jurong Region Line (JRL). The 20km JRL is planned to link major activity nodes in the West, such as Jurong Gateway, Jurong Industrial Estate, the Nanyang Technological University and Boon Lay, with residential areas in the northwest like Choa Chu Kang and future developments in Tengah. LTA will continue to monitor the developments in the West, the area’s overall passenger travel demand and review our public transport plans accordingly with land use developments.
We thank Mr Toh for the opportunity to explain.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority