What is the East-West Line?
The East-West Line is the longest train line in operation at about 57km and with 35 stations, 8 of which are underground.
Where is the East-West Line?
From Tuas Link to Pasir Ris, the East-West Line traverses the island and takes about 80 minutes to travel end to end.
It takes commuters to schools (Nanyang Technological University, National University, Singapore Polytechnic and Ngee Ann Polytechnic), places of interest (Jurong Bird Park) and skirts past famous food enclaves (Tiong Bahru Market and Geylang).
In February 2002, the Changi Airport MRT Extension was added to connect commuters from Tanah Merah station to the Singapore Expo, Changi Business Park, Changi South Industrial and Changi Airport.
In June 2017, the Tuas West Extension was opened with four more stations – Gul Circle, Tuas Crescent, Tuas West Road and Tuas Link. It provides a quicker, direct rail connection for commuters working in the Jurong and Tuas industrial estates. They can enjoy significant time savings in their travelling time. For example, a journey from Ang Mo Kio to Tuas West can be cut by about 35 minutes, i.e. down from about 100 minutes currently to 65 minutes.
TUAS VIADUCT (PART OF THE TUAS WEST EXTENSION PROJECT)
A 4.8km long road viaduct opened on 18 February 2017, enhancing transport connectivity to businesses in Tuas with more travel options.
Jurong East Modification Project (JEMP): MORE Platforms, More Trains
The Jurong East Modification Project (JEMP) is a key infrastructural upgrading project that adds a new platform to the Jurong East MRT Station.
The new platform allows two trains along the North-South Line to enter and depart the station at the same time.
With Jurong East being one of the busiest rail interchange/terminal station of the entire North-South (NS) and East-West (EW) lines, the new platform helped to ease the crowding situation at the Jurong East Interchange Station, especially during peak hours.
New trains are arriving! To be precise, there are 57 new trains fitted with a new signalling system. They will be progressively added to the NSEWL fleet till 2019. Old trains will also be replaced. LTA has called a tender for 66 new trains to replace the first generation trains on the NSEWL that are about 30 years old. The new trains will have new features such as sensors to monitor track conditions.
UPGRADING OF SIGNALLING SYSTEM
Upgrading works on the signalling system for the NSL and the EWL will be completed by 2017 and 2018 respectively. Commuters can expect shorter waiting times as the upgraded signalling system allows trains to run in shorter intervals.