Passenger service will commence on 31 January
Members of the public will get a first look at the new Thomson-East Coast Line 1 (TEL1) during a special Open House event on 11 January 2020, before the line officially opens.
2 During the Open House, which runs from 9.00am to 6.00pm, visitors can take free rides between the three TEL1 stations - Woodlands North, Woodlands, and Woodlands South. They will be able to explore the stations, as well as enjoy the architectural features and Art-in-Transit artwork unique to each station. TEL1 will officially open for passenger service on 31 January 2020, with free travel available for three days, from 31 January to 2 February 2020.
3 With the opening of TEL1, Woodlands residents and students from Republic Polytechnic will benefit from more direct rail connectivity. The new TEL Woodlands Station is also an interchange with the North-South Line. This provides commuters with more seamless accessibility to the rest of the island.
4 With the opening of Woodlands North MRT Station on 31 January 2020, the route for Service 856, which operates between Woodlands and Yishun, will be amended to connect commuters to the station.
5 As part of the Open House, the public can also look forward to a full day of immersive, fun and interactive activities for the whole family. The programme line-up includes carnival games, family activities, community performances, as well as Meet and Greet sessions with the Thoughtful Bunch. There will also be a pop-up Knackstop store for visitors to purchase a variety of transport merchandise.
6 As Singapore’s 6th MRT line, the 43km TEL will add 32 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.
7 TEL will open in stages from 2020. When fully operational by 2025, the TEL 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.
ANNEX A – Details of TEL1 Open House
ANNEX B – Details of Route Amendments for Service 856