Factsheet: Status of Construction of the Thomson-East Coast Line

News Releases 10 Nov 2017 Factsheet Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL)

The 43km Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) will add 31 new stations to the existing rail network, with seven interchange stations linking the TEL to all five existing MRT lines. Besides enhancing connectivity between the north, central and eastern parts of Singapore, the TEL will strengthen the resilience of our rail network by providing alternative travel routes for commuters on other lines.

The construction of TEL is progressing well, commuters can start enjoying the TEL in stages from 2019. When fully operational in 2024, the TEL will be the 6th MRT line, and is expected to serve approximately 500,000 commuters daily in the initial years, with the figure rising to about one million commuters in the longer term.

Status of Construction Works


Woodlands North - Woodlands - Woodlands South

Structural works are about two-thirds completed and are expected to complete by end 2017.  Architectural and E&M fit out works will commence by early 2018 upon the completion of the stations’ structural works. The tunnels connecting the three stations have been completed and track laying has just commenced.  

Architectural and E&M fit out works are in progress at the Mandai Depot and more than half of the tracks have been laid. The first train is expected to arrive in the depot by mid-2018.


Springleaf - Lentor - Mayflower - Bright Hill - Upper Thomson - Caldecott

Structural works are ongoing for all six stations and the tunnels are about 75% completed.  Track laying, architectural, and E&M fit out works are expected to commence in the second half of 2018.


Mount Pleasant - Stevens - Napier - Orchard Boulevard - Orchard - Great World - Havelock - Outram Park - Maxwell - Shenton Way - Marina Bay - Marina South - Gardens by the Bay

All foundation works have been completed and works for the excavation and structural works have commenced. 40% of the total tunnel drives have been completed.

2023 - 2024

Tanjong Rhu - Katong Park - Tanjong Katong - Marine Parade - Marine Terrace - Siglap – Bayshore -Bedok South - Sungei Bedok

Piling for the foundations is in progress in tandem with road diversions.  Construction of shafts for the launching of tunnel boring machines is also ongoing.  The foundation works of the East Coast Integrated Depot is more than 30% completed and excavation for the depot has commenced.

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