SINGAPORE — Phase Two of the Cross Island Line - from Bright Hill to Jurong Lake District - will comprise of six underground stations, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced in a media release on Tuesday (20 September).
This stretch is approximately 15 kilometres long and, when ready by 2032, is set to improve public transport accessibility for those living in areas such as Sunset Way and West Coast, which are not currently served by an MRT line.
The six underground stations are: Turf City, King Albert Park, Maju, Clementi, West Coast and Jurong Lake District. Two of the stations will be interchange stations, with King Albert Park station connecting commuters to the Downtown Line, and Clementi station to the East-West Line.
Construction works are expected to commence in 2023.
Shortening travel times to and from western S'pore
Together with the 12 stations in Phase One of the CRL and four stations on CRL Punggol Extension, Phase Two will provide alternative travel options for commuters and help to redistribute commuter load across the entire rail network, LTA said in its media release.
CRL will shorten travel times for commuters travelling to and from the western parts of Singapore. For instance, a student travelling from Hougang to Ngee Ann Polytechnic will enjoy travel time savings of up to 30 minutes, from more than an hour by train and bus today to 35 minutes on the CRL.
The CRL is Singapore’s eighth and longest fully-underground MRT line, at more than 50 kilometres long. Almost half of the CRL stations are interchange stations, making it easier and more convenient for commuters to travel across the rail network.
The line will be constructed in three phases. Announced in 2019, Phase One is 29 kilometres long, and comprises 12 stations from Aviation Park to Bright Hill. A 7.3-kilometre extension to CRL, which connects Pasir Ris to Punggol, was announced in 2020.
Four-in-one East Coast Integrated Depot
Minister for Transport S Iswaran announced the new stretch of CRL during a visit to LTA's East Coast Integrated Depot (ECID) project site on Tuesday. When completed in 2025, the ECID will be the world’s first four-in-one depot, integrating three train depots and one bus depot within a single site.
The complex will house three MRT Lines – the Downtown Line Depot underground, the Thomson-East Coast Line Depot at-grade and the East-West Line Depot elevated on the level above. The three train depots have been designed to operate independently of one another, with a total stabling capacity of around 220 trains.
The bus depot will be an independent structure located next to the train depot complex. The ground level will house the maintenance depot while the upper levels will provide parking for about 760 buses.
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