We refer to Mr William Chan’s letter "North needs MRT line with direct east-west link” (ST, 22 Sep).
Our vision for 2030 is to double Singapore’s rail network to 360 kilometres and to have eight in ten households within a ten-minute walk from a train station.
In developing our MRT network, LTA works closely with the relevant land use agencies to enhance the reach and connectivity of the network to areas currently not served by rail, taking into consideration factors such as developmental plans and timelines of the area.
We are on track to realise a highly integrated rail network with various major projects in the pipeline. By 2017, Downtown Lines 2 and 3 will run seamlessly from the northwest to city centre and then further on to the east. Going onto 2024, the Thomson-East Coast Line will also provide extensive coverage from the north to the east, through the city.
Another new line currently under study is the Cross Island Line. As a strategic east-west line, it will connect major residential towns in the northeast region of Singapore such as Punggol and Hougang to the eastern region which includes Changi, Pasir Ris, Loyang, as well as to the western region covering areas such as Bukit Timah, Clementi, West Coast and the Jurong Industrial Estate.
Overall, the Downtown Line, Thomson-East Coast Line and Cross Island Line, together with existing MRT lines, will provide dense coverage throughout the island with numerous interchange stations for enhanced connectivity.
We thank Mr Chan for the opportunity to clarify.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority