Authorities consider future rail extensions to Changi Airport

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SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced the plans for upgrading and renewal for the rail network this year, including the possibility of extending the TEL from Sungei Bedok to serve the future Changi Airport Terminal 5.

Shortly LTA will be calling a tender to replace the 66 first-generation trains of the North-South and East-West Lines. This year commuters can also look forward to the opening of the Tuas West Extension and the Downtown Line 3, expanding the rail network by 15% to about 228km.

LTA is also studying the possibility of extending the currently under construction Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) from Sungei Bedok to serve the future Changi Airport Terminal 5; further extending it to call at the existing Changi Airport MRT station; and transiting the stretch of the East-West Line between the existing Changi Airport and Tanah Merah stations to operate as part of the TEL instead. The latter can take place from 2025, after the TEL is complete. This way, commuters in future can enjoy a seamless ride on the TEL from the city centre to any of the terminals in Changi Airport without having to change lines.

The Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) is a joint line between the Thomson Line and the Eastern Region Line.

The 43km TEL will add 31 new stations to the existing rail network, with 7 interchange stations, which will link to the East-West Line, North-South Line, North-East Line, Circle Line and the Downtown Line. Commuters can start using the TEL in stages from 2019.

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