The Land Transport Authority handed over Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 2 (TEL2) stations to rail operator SMRT earlier today. This marks a key milestone in the lead-up to the opening of TEL2 in the third quarter of this year.
2. The civil and structural works for the stations along TEL2 have been completed, with some architectural, electrical and mechanical works ongoing. LTA has also completed rigorous testing and commissioning of the trains and systems for TEL2, including tests to ensure that the new stations operate seamlessly with the three TEL1 stations (Woodlands North, Woodlands and Woodlands South).
3. Following the handover, SMRT will conduct its tests to validate the operational readiness of TEL2 systems and familiarise its staff with TEL2 operations. Emergency preparedness exercises will also be carried out during this period.
4. TEL2 comprises six stations, namely Springleaf, Lentor, Mayflower, Bright Hill, Upper Thomson and Caldecott. Caldecott station will be an interchange station that connects to the Circle Line (CCL). With TEL2 in service, residents from the 100,000 or so households within a 10-minute walk from one of the nine stations along TEL1 and TEL2 can expect time savings of up to 50 per cent when travelling via these stations. For example, a Sin Ming resident travelling to Republic Polytechnic by public transport will have his journey time halved, from 50 minutes to 25 minutes.
Annex A: Map of TEL1 and TEL2 Stations
Annex B: Photos of Handover Ceremony