Factsheet: Thomson–East Coast Line 2 to Welcome Commuters from 28 August 2021

News Releases 30 Jun 2021 Factsheet Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL)

     Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 2 (TEL2) will open for passenger service from 28 August 2021. With this, more households will have convenient access to our MRT network, and enjoy shorter travel times to their destinations. TEL will also strengthen the resilience of our public transport network, providing more travel options to commuters.

2.   TEL2 spans 13km and comprises six stations, namely Springleaf, Lentor, Mayflower, Bright Hill, Upper Thomson and Caldecott. Caldecott will be an interchange station that connects to the Circle Line (CCL), while Bright Hill Station will be a future interchange station with the Cross Island Line (CRL).

210630 TEL MRT system map

3.   LTA is currently in the final stages of systems testing and commissioning for TEL2.  Tests are being conducted to ensure that the new TEL2 stations operate seamlessly with the existing TEL1 stations (Woodlands North, Woodlands and Woodlands South), which opened in January 2020.

4.   When TEL2 opens, about 100,000 households will be within a 10-minute walk from a station along TEL1 and TEL2. They 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 TEL will have his journey time halved, from 50 minutes currently to 25 minutes.

About TEL

5.   The 43km TEL is Singapore’s sixth MRT line, adding 32 new stations to the existing rail network, eight of which are interchange stations. When fully operational, TEL is expected to serve approximately 500,000 commuters daily in the initial years, and this will increase to about one million commuters in the longer term.

6.   Besides enhancing connectivity between the northern, central, and eastern parts of Singapore, TEL will strengthen the resilience of our rail network by providing alternative travel routes for commuters on other lines. As TEL runs parallel to the North-South Line (NSL), it will also help to reduce reliance and commuter load on NSL.    

About TEL2 Stations

Springleaf Station

7.   Springleaf station is located along Upper Thomson Road, between Thong Soon Green and Springleaf Road. The station will improve connectivity for the neighbouring residential estates and various dining establishments. 

Springleaf Station
Springleaf Station

Lentor Station

8.   Lentor station is adjacent to the residential areas. Residents of Lentor Estate and Teacher’s Estate can soon look forward to greater accessibility to the city centre via this station.

210630 TEL Lentor
Lentor Station

Mayflower Station

9.   Mayflower station is located in the mature Ang Mo Kio and Kebun Baru estate. The station will bring rail connectivity to schools, community amenities and residential developments in the Kebun Baru estate, such as CHIJ St Nicholas Girls School, Mayflower Secondary School, Ang Mo Kio Primary School, Mayflower Market and Food Centre and the Kebun Baru Community Club.

210630 TEL Mayflower
Mayflower Station

Bright Hill Station

10.  Bright Hill station is located along Sin Ming Avenue and will be a future interchange station with the CRL. The station’s entrance locations were chosen to serve residents of Sin Ming Garden, Faber Garden and Gardens at Bishan, as well as Ai Tong Primary School and Midview City. The station provides residents and students future direct connectivity to the city centre as well as the eastern region of Singapore.

210630 TEL Bright Hill
Bright Hill Station

Upper Thomson Station

11.  Upper Thomson station will serve the neighbouring residential estates such as Soo Chow Estate, as well as developments such as Thomson Plaza, Church of the Holy Spirit, and various dining establishments along Upper Thomson Road. 

210630 TEL Upper Thomson
Upper Thomson Station

Caldecott Station

12.  Caldecott station will bring further convenience and connectivity to commuters working and residing in the Thomson Road and Toa Payoh Rise estates. It will also provide easier access to the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped, Lighthouse School, Mount Alvernia Hospital, St Joseph Institution International (SJII) and MacRitchie Reservoir.

13.  Caldecott station is an interchange station, connecting commuters on TEL to CCL.

210630 TEL Caldecott
Caldecott Station
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