Project Milestones

Tracing the tracks

3 OCT 2017

Besides getting the stations and tunnels along the entire 42km Downtown Line ready, LTA also worked closely with German firm Bombardier Transportation to create the state-of-the-art trains. LTA engineer Xun Haitao takes us behind-the-scenes and shares what goes on before these trains are put on the rails.

Read here 


4 OCT 2017
DTL 3 Postcard Design Competition

To raise awareness of the launch of the Downtown Line 3 (DTL 3), LTA Community Partnership Division organised a postcard design competition for schools along the rail alignment. A total of 23 Primary Schools took part in the competition entitled “Life Around Downtown Line 3”—with submission also from two Art Schools for a non-competitive segment.
View the winning entries and non-competitive submissions for the 16 stations | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 |


1 Jul 2017

We are pleased to share the last issue of the Downtown Line 3 (DTL 3) Civil Team 3 newsletter, now titled “In Touch in Motion (ITIM) – Downtown Line 3”. Together with its new title and look and feel, the revamped ITIM features refreshed content such as heart-warming personal stories from our stakeholders and project construction team. Also, check out the exclusive interview with Grassroots Adviser for Changi Simei constituency, Ms Jessica Tan. She shares about her excitement with the enhanced connectivity as well as the art of balancing residents’ concerns during construction of the Upper Changi station.    

Read the inaugural issue of the "In Touch In Motion (ITIM) - Downtown Line 3" newsletter | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 |


DOWNTOWN LINE 3 TO OPEN ON 21 October 2017

31 May 2017

With the opening of the Downtown Line 3 (DTL3), the 42km DTL will facilitate direct travel from the north-western and eastern areas of the island to the Central Business District (CBD) and Marina Bay areas, providing greater connectivity to residential, industrial and lifestyle enclaves.

Find out more about the DTL3 here



6 Aug 2015
Commuters will be able to conveniently travel from the north-western parts of Singapore to the Central Business District and the Marina Bay area using the Downtown Line 2, starting from 27 December 2015 (Sunday). The 16.6 km DTL2 runs from Bukit Panjang, along the school district and food enclaves of Bukit Timah Road, before connecting to the six Downtown Line 1 stations. 

Downtown line 2 comes to town this december

28 Jun 2015
Get ready to hop on the Downtown Line 2 (DTL2) to enjoy the sights and festivities in town during the holidays this December. The 16.6km long DTL2, with 12 stations including 4 interchanges, will give commuters even greater accessibility to the rest of Singapore, improving travels times.
Construction works for the DTL2 stations are now more than 95% complete, with Electrical & Medchanical works also in the final stages for all the stations. The DTL2 will be ready in December 2015, ahead of the earlier announced 1Q2016 schedule.



new stable for dtl trains

17 Feb 2015
new stable for DTL trains
A 25-hectare huge new Gali Batu Depot will be ready by July 2015 to support the maintenance of the fleet of MRT trains plying the entire Downtown Line.

a better commute downtown

7 Dec 2013

Commuters can look forward to better connectivity to the city centre when the Downtown Line 1 (DTL1) commences service on 22 December 2013. The 6 new stations are Bugis, Promenade, Bayfront, Downtown, Telok Ayer and Chinatown. Four of these stations are interchange stations with the North East, East-West and Circle Lines, which will allow commuters to transfer conveniently with the rest of the rail network.

Explore the DTL1 stations. Free travel on the DTL1 from 22 December 2013 to 1 January 2014
Music in stations, and new queue lines and reserved seat designs in Downtown Line 1
Read the Downtown Line Times to find out about the food, heritage and history around the 6 new stations


Downtown Line Train Arrives

12 Oct 2012

Downtown line train2
The very first train for the upcoming Downtown Line arrived in Singapore. For the first time, these trains will carry the LTA logo.

Catch the action as the train make it's way to it's new home
Check out more photos of the DTL train

opening of Project Information Centre at Bendemeer

3 Oct 2012

The Downtown Line 3 Project Information Centre (PIC) is opened at the future site of Bendemeer station. You can now visit the PIC to find out about the latest DTL3 developments.

Read more about the Official Opening of the PIC


11 July 2012

Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport, Mrs Josephine Teo, graced the commencement of the tunnelling works for the Downtown Line 3 (DTL 3) at the site of the future Mattar station. The first two tunnel boring machines commenced on a 1.4 km journey to Geylang Bahru station. This marks another significant milestone in the construction of the DTL3.

News Release: Downtown Line 3 Tunnelling Works Begin
Read more about the tunnelling works in the DTL 3 newsletter (issue 1)

Names Finalised for Downtown Line 3 Stations

19 August 2011

LTA is pleased to announce the final names for Downtown Line 3 (DTL3) stations. These names were put to a public poll in June this year and attracted more than 3,000 responses.

News Release: Downtown Line 3 Station Names Finalised

Another Milestone for the Downtown Line as Stage 3 Begins

28 November 2011

LTA marked the start of construction of Downtown Line 3 (DTL3) with a groundbreaking ceremony at the DTL3 Expo station today. DTL3 will bring commuters time savings through connections from the three interchange stations to existing rail networks.

For example, with a direct connection from Fort Canning station to the Marina Bay area, a train ride will take only 15 minutes, compared to the current 35 minutes by bus.

News Release: Construction Work on Downtown Line 3 Starts

Works Begin at Beauty World Station for DTL2

8 June 2011

Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Lui Tuck Yew, graced the commencement of tunnelling works for the Downtown Line 2 (DTL2) at the Beauty World Station today. This marks another significant milestone in the construction of the DTL2.

News Release: Downtown Line 2 Tunnelling Works Begin at Beauty World Station

$1.13B in Contracts Awarded for All Three Downtown Line Projects

7 November 2008

6 contracts with an approximate value of $1.13 billion for the entire Downtown Line (DTL) project have been awarded by LTA. These are system-wide contracts and will cover all the three DTL stages. The contracts will include the procurement of trains and the other electrical and mechanical component systems.

News Release: LTA Awards 6 Downtown Line Contracts Totalling $1.13 Billion

Connect to the Downtown Line at New Bugis Station

26 June 2008

The Downtown Line Stage 1 (DTL1) will run from Bugis Station on the East-West Line (EWL) to Chinatown Station on the North East Line (NEL). To make way for the construction of the new Bugis station, the land currently occupied by the New Seventh Storey Hotel and the adjacent State land at North Bridge Road / Tan Quee Lan Street / Beach Road / Rochor Road is required.

Owners and occupants of the hotel will be compensated based on market value and have to move out by end December 2008.

News Release: New DTL Bugis Station

Breaking Ground for Downtown Line Stage 1

12 February 2008

LTA today marked the start of construction of the S$12 billion, 40km Downtown Line with a groundbreaking ceremony for the Chinatown Station on DTL1. The 4.3km fully underground DTL1 will comprise six stations: Chinatown, Cross Street, Landmark, Bayfront, Promenade and Bugis. Construction for DTL1 will be completed by 2013.

News Release: Construction Work On Downtown Line Stage 1 Begins