Plans for a direct MRT to Changi Airport revealed

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SINGAPORE: The Minister of Transport Khaw Boon Wan has confirmed on Thursday 21 July the plans to extend the Thomson-East Coast (TEL) MRT Line to Changi Airport.

In his speech at the ground-breaking of the East Coast stretch of the sixth MRT Line, the Minister said that the government is assessing the feasibility to extend TEL to future Changi Airport Terminal 5, as well as the existing Changi Airport MRT station serving Terminals 1 and 4.

“It would provide a direct connection from the airport to the city. This would benefit travellers and airport staff. We are also assessing the feasibility of bringing the Cross Island Line (CRL) to Terminal 5 and the new industrial zone serving the airport. So if and when we do so, then the CRL will link up with Jurong East high-speed rail terminus. So potentially, a traveller from KL Sentral can travel all the way via high-speed rail to Changi Airport, and vice versa,” the Minister said.

When the full TEL is completed, it will be the third-longest MRT line in Singapore spanning 43km and will carry half a million passengers every day.

Currently the construction for the northern Thomson stretch is in full swing and the Thursday’s ground-breaking started the construction of the East Coast stretch, which will serve residents in Katong, Marine Parade, and Bedok. TEL will open for passenger services in five stages, from 2019 to 2024.

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