1. LTA invites all who are keen to send in their suggestions for official names of the 10 stations on the East Coast stretch of Thomson Line–East Coast Line (TEL) and Downtown Line 3 Extension (DTL3e) to submit their entries starting today.
2. With this station naming exercise, the public gets the opportunity to determine this permanent aspect of the station’s identity. Naming exercises were similarly conducted previously for new MRT stations on the Circle Line, Downtown Line, and northern stretch of the TEL.
Criteria for Station Naming
3. Station names need to fit one of several criteria: help commuters easily identify where the station is located; illustrate the history and heritage of the station’s location; and/or reflect Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-cultural identity. Stations are not to be named after public structures, or commercial and residential developments.
4. The TEL and DTL3e stations involved in the station naming exercise are (working names below):
1) Tanjong Rhu
2) Katong Park
4) Marine Parade
5) Marine Terrace
8) Bedok South
9) Sungei Bedok (Interchange with upcoming DTL3e)
10) Xilin (DTL3e)
Ways to Send in Suggestions
5. Contributors can send suggestions to LTA at http://www.lta.gov.sg. Apart from suggesting new names, they can also propose to keep the current working names along with a brief rationale to explain their submission. The closing date to send in suggestions is 31 May 2015.
6. In addition to the online portal, the public can also send suggestions by fax to: 6396 1193, or by mail to: Land Transport Authority, No. 1 Hampshire Road, Blk 9 Level 3 Singapore 219428 (Attn: Community Partnership Division). Please remember to indicate "Feedback for TEL/DTL3e Station Naming" on your fax or envelope.
7. LTA will collate and shortlist names that meet the naming criteria, before sending a final list of names for endorsement by the Street and Building Names Board. A public polling exercise will be conducted later this year to determine the final MRT station names.
About Thomson – East Coast Line
8. The 13-kilometre East Coast stretch of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) will connect commuters living in the eastern parts of Singapore and who are not directly served by the rail network currently, such as those in Tanjong Rhu, Siglap, Marine Parade, Upper East Coast and Bedok South, to the heart of the city. As part of the 43-kilometre long TEL, the East Coast stretch will also connect commuters to the North-South corridor. Fully underground, this new stretch will have nine stations, including one interchange station with the Downtown Line (DTL).
9. The East Coast stretch of TEL will be completed in two stages. The first seven stations from Tanjong Rhu to Bayshore will be ready in 2023, while the remaining two stations and the DTL3e will be completed in 2024.
10. When fully operational in 2024, the 31 stations on TEL are expected to serve about 500,000 commuters daily in the initial years, rising to one million commuters daily in the longer term.
11. TEL will create new links in the east and bring about time savings for commuters who travel to the Central Business District today by bus, or to the northern part of Singapore. For instance, a resident from East Coast travelling to Orchard will almost halve his journey time from 75 minutes to 45 minutes. A Republic Polytechnic student staying at Marine Parade can reach home in an hour, 20 minutes faster than the bus ride currently.