Thomson-East Coast Line

by | Aug 18, 2022

Thomson-East Coast Line

Thomson East Coast Line train stop

Learn more about the Thomson-East Coast Line.

A completely underground, driverless MRT line, the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL), links the Northern and Eastern areas via the Central region and the new downtown. When fully operational, the line will be around 43 km long, stop at 32 stations, and travel from Woodlands North (TE1) to Sungei Bedok (TE31) via the Thomson, Stevens, Orchard, Marina Bay, Tanjong Rhu, Marine Parade, and Upper East Coast. The Singapore-Johor Bahru RTS Link gets connected to the northern end. 

The projected Thomson Line (TSL) and Eastern Region Line, which get first announced on August 15, 2014, were combined to make the route. (ERL). The Land Transport Master Plan 2040 refers to the Thomson-East Coast Line Extension, a planned extension. The line will go from the eastern Sungei Bedok terminal to Tanah Merah via Changi Airport Terminal 5 and Expo. By roughly 2040, a portion of the Thomson-East Coast Line will replace the current Changi Airport Branch of the East-West Line (Tanah Merah—Expo—Changi Airport). In 2024, East Coast Integrated Depot will join Mandai Depot in providing service to the TEL. 

Technical information:

Train control:

The Thomson-East Coast Line has an Alstom Urbalis 400 Communications-based train control (CBTC) moving block signaling system with automatic train control (ATC) under automatic train operation (ATO) GoA 4. (UTO). The subsystems include the Iconis Automatic Train Supervision (ATS) system for tracking and scheduling trains, the Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system for regulating train speed, and the Smartlock Computer-based Interlocking (CBI) system for preventing incorrect signal and track point setup. Platform screen doors from Alstom will also provide for the Thomson-East Coast Line.

Rolling stock:

The CT251 get created by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and CRRC Qingdao Sifang in Qingdao, China, and is the first generation of rolling stock to be utilized on the Thomson-East Coast Line. The trains are being built with five doors per vehicle, making them the first of their kind in Singapore. Additionally, they are entirely automated and driverless. The Mandai Depot and the upcoming East Coast Integrated Depot are where the trains get kept.

Thomson stretch:

The Thomson Line (TSL), which would connect with the future Eastern Region Line that will stretch to the east, was first announced on January 25, 2008, running from Woodlands and Marina Bay. In 2010, the route had expanded from 18 to 22 stations, and the length had extended from 27 km to 30 km, while architectural and engineering consultation tenders were gradually published.

East Coast stretch:

Under the moniker Eastern Region Line (ERL), it gets initially advertised as a 40 km oblong-shaped line in 2001 that looped around Jalan Besar and Expo. The ERL gets intended to stretch from Marina Bay to Sungei Bedok and interface with the Thomson Line, which will continue to be the southern section of the Downtown Line Stage 3. This northern segment gets incorporated into the Downtown Line Stage 3.

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