1. The second phase of the Circle Line (CCL) from Bartley to Dhoby Ghaut will open for passenger service on 17 April 2010 (Saturday).
2. The 11-kilometre long stretch comprising 11 stations - Tai Seng, MacPherson, Paya Lebar, Dakota, Mountbatten, Stadium, Nicoll Highway, Promenade, Esplanade, Bras Basah and Dhoby Ghaut - will start operations almost a year after the five CCL stations from Marymount to Bartley opened to the public last May.
3. About 200,000 people are expected to use the 16 stations from Dhoby Ghaut to Marymount every day.
Enhanced Connectivity and Greater Travel Time Saving with CCL
4. The orbital CCL will enhance connectivity with the existing MRT lines and provide significant travel time savings for commuters. Please refer to Annex A for several examples of travel time savings.
5. With Paya Lebar Interchange Station joining CCL to the existing East-West Line, passengers travelling from the eastern parts of Singapore can now bypass the busy City Hall and Raffles Place interchanges to get to the city and northern parts of Singapore. The same holds true for those travelling from the north and north-east commuting to the city and the eastern part of the island.
6. The new stations are located at the doorsteps of various entertainment and recreational facilities, so commuters can now travel straight to these destinations with ease. For examples, the arts enthusiasts can alight at Bras Basah Station to visit the Singapore Art Museum and the National Museum of Singapore; sports fans can get off at Stadium Station to enjoy the surrounding sports, entertainment and leisure facilities at Singapore Indoor Stadium, Arina Stadium Waterfront and Leisure Park Kallang.
Residents and Businesses Welcome New Line's Opening
7. Residents and business owners along the new MRT line are eagerly waiting for the eleven stations to open.
8. Ms Lily Teo, a 58-year-old student care teacher who stays and works in Mountbatten, is ecstatic about the impending opening of the new CCL segment. Ms Teo is pursuing a part-time diploma at an educational institute in Queenstown and currently takes the bus to connect to the East-West Line to the school. "I have to rush like crazy every time I knock off from work to go for my studies. With CCL, I can take my time and still won't be late for classes!" said Ms Teo.
9. Mr Siow Kee Lin, 66, operates a sundry shop at the Old Airport Road Market & Food Centre and is thrilled that Dakota and Mountbatten Stations are opening soon. "The new stations will bring more crowds for makan at the food centre and to my shop," said Mr Siow.
LTA Launched CCL Fan Page on Facebook
10. On 5 Jan 2010, the Land Transport Authority launched the CCL Fan Page on Facebook to share the progress of the CCL with netizens. Fans of the CCL Fan Page will receive regular updates on CCL and are encouraged to post their thoughts on the Line.
11. To date, more than 250 netizens have signed up as fans. To sign up as a fan and receive updates on CCL, simply search "Circle Line, CCL" on Facebook.