The Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 3 (TEL3) will open for passenger service on 13 November 2022 and provide commuters with a quicker and more direct connection to the city centre.
2 When TEL3 opens, more than 180,000 households will be within a 10-minute walk from an existing TEL station (Woodlands North to Gardens by the Bay). They can expect travel time savings of around 40 per cent when using TEL. For example, a Bright Hill resident travelling to Gardens by the Bay will take 40 minutes via TEL as compared to about 65 minutes currently.
3 Spanning 13.2km, 11 of the TEL3 stations will be opening for passenger service - Stevens, Napier, Orchard Boulevard, Orchard, Great World, Havelock, Outram Park, Maxwell, Shenton Way, Marina Bay and Gardens by the Bay. Four of these are interchange stations and collectively, they connect TEL commuters to all the existing MRT lines. Stevens Station will connect TEL to the Downtown Line while Orchard Station will provide a connection to the North-South Line. Outram Park Station and Marina Bay Station are both three-line interchanges which connect TEL to the East-West Line and North-East Line, and the North-South Line and Circle Line respectively.
4 The 11 stations were handed over to SMRT on 17 August and the operator has since been conducting operational tests in preparation for the commencement of passenger service.
5 To familiarise commuters with TEL3 stations, commuters can preview and travel for free along the TEL3 stations during the TEL3 opening event on 11 November 2022 from 10.00am to 9.00pm. A series of activities will be held to mark the opening of the newest stage of the TEL. More details of the activity line-up will be available subsequently on LTA’s social media pages.
6 When fully opened, the TEL will be about 43km long with 32 stations. It will serve approximately 500,000 commuters daily in the initial years, increasing to about one million commuters in the longer term.
7 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 segments of the TEL runs parallel to the North-South Line (NSL), it will also help to reduce reliance and commuter load on NSL.