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Six stations on Thomson-East Coast Line to begin operations on Aug 28

The six MRT stations along the Thomson-East Coast Line are Springleaf, Lentor, Mayflower, Bright Hill, Upper Thomson and Caldecott.

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Published: 30 June 2021, 3:21 PM

Six MRT stations along the Thomson-East Coast Line will open for passenger service on Aug 28, announced the Minister for Transport S Iswaran on Wednesday (Jun 30).

The announcement comes after the Land Transport Authority (LTA) handed over the six stations to train operator SMRT.  

The six stations – Springleaf, Lentor, Mayflower, Bright Hill, Upper Thomson and Caldecott – form the second stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line and span 13km.

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While Caldecott serves as an interchange station with the Circle Line, Bright Hill Station will be an interchange station with the Cross Island Line.

As Caldecott station is close to the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped and Lighthouse School, Mr Iswaran noted that the lift buttons, platform seats, and signage will have more significant colour contrasts to better accommodate visually impaired passengers.  

“Lighting will also be installed into the handrails of staircases, to enhance the visibility of the steps,” he added.  

Furthermore, the Thomson-East Coast Line’s platform seats will feature backrests and handrails to cater to the needs of senior citizens and passengers with mobility issues.

It will also benefit about 100,000 households as their houses will be within a 10-minute walk of a train station along the Thomson-East Coast Line. 

The Thomson-East Coast Line is Singapore’s sixth MRT line.

It opened its first three stations – Woodlands North, Woodlands and Woodlands South – on Jan 31 last year.

The second stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line was initially scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed to the end of the first quarter of this year. 

Once it becomes fully operational, the Thomson-East Coast Line will have 32 stations, eight of which will be interchange stations. The 43km line is expected to be fully operational in 2024, with an expected initial daily commuting population of 500,000 to about one million commuters over time. 


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