We refer to the letter, "Circle Line: Residents in western Singapore have not been taken into account", by Mr Tan Shao Ken, (ST, Feb 26).
The Circle Line (CCL) is an orbital line, unlike our existing North-South Line, East-West Line and North-East Line which are radial lines that bring commuters from the suburbs to the city. The intent of the CCL is to enhance connectivity and reduce the time taken for travel between suburban destinations by linking the various radial lines. By using the CCL, commuters can avoid having to make transfers at the busy interchange stations in the city area in order to switch between the different radial MRT lines. The CCL is not intended to connect suburban areas directly to the city centre.
Residents living in the West Coast using the East-West Line for their journey can make use of the CCL to seamlessly transfer to the North-South Line or North-East Line, and in time to come, the Downtown Line and Thomson Line as well, without the need to pass through the city centre. In doing so, they can reduce the distance and save on time taken for the journey.
The CCL is being built in five stages. Phase one of the CCL, from Bartley to Marymount, will open on 30 May 2009 with the rest opening from 2010 onwards.
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