Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 2 (TEL2) opening ceremony was held today, in the lead up to the commencement of passenger service from tomorrow. Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean attended the ceremony held at TEL2 Mayflower station. Minister for Transport S Iswaran, advisers such as Senior Minister of State for Transport Chee Hong Tat and representatives from the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped were also present. Senior Minister of State for Transport Dr Amy Khor and Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Baey Yam Keng also joined the ceremony virtually from TEL2 Springleaf station, along with representatives from nearby businesses.
2 TEL2 spans 13km and comprises six stations, namely Springleaf, Lentor, Mayflower, Bright Hill, Upper Thomson and Caldecott. With the opening of TEL2, 100,000 households will be within a 10-minute walk from a TEL station. This includes residents in the Thomson area who were previously not served directly by a rail line. With the new Caldecott station being an interchange with the Circle Line (CCL), residents in the north will have more travelling options. We hope that with the increased rail connectivity, motorists will try out the new TEL2 and experience the convenience of travelling by public transport more regularly.
3 Commuters will also enjoy shorter journeys with TEL2. For example, a Sin Ming resident travelling to Republic Polytechnic will have his journey time halved, from the current 50 minutes via bus and train to 25 minutes by TEL. Similarly, a resident staying in the Mayflower area will be able to get to Jurong East in 40 minutes by train, as compared to 60 minutes via bus and train today.
4 TEL2 is designed with the community in mind, with multiple station entrances for the convenience of the commuters. It also incorporates inclusive features such as high colour contrast signages and lift buttons, lighting along handrails of staircases, as well as platform seats with backrest and arm support, to cater to seniors and visually-impaired commuters.
5 When TEL2 opens, trains will be running along TEL1 and TEL2 stations from Woodlands North to Caldecott at frequencies of five minutes during peak hours and nine minutes during off-peak hours. As ridership increases, the frequencies for both peak and off-peak hours will be reviewed.
6 With more stages of TEL opening in the coming years, residents living along the TEL corridor will have a faster and more direct option to travel towards the city centre via the train. We will also monitor changes in travel patterns, in particular for bus services which duplicate the TEL, and make adjustments to these services where necessary to optimise the bus network and reallocate resources to other areas of need.
About TEL2 stations