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Groundbreaking Celebration for Thomson Line

1. The groundbreaking ceremony marks the start of construction of the Thomson Line (TSL), a new rail line that will connect the northern part of Singapore to the Central Business District (CBD) and Marina Bay area, and add capacity to the north-south corridor. It is major step toward our vision of doubling the length of Singapore’s rail network by 2030.

2. The TSL is expected to open in phases from 2019. By 2021, the 30-km long, fully underground line will comprise 22 stations, including interchanging with all of our current MRT lines at six stations: Woodlands, Caldecott, Stevens, Orchard, Outram Park and Marina Bay.

3. With connections to the North-South East-West Line (NSEWL), North East Line (NEL), Circle Line (CCL) and Downtown Line (DTL), the TSL will link communities in Woodlands, Sin Ming, Thomson and Kim Seng to the CBD and the rest of the island. When the line fully opens, it is projected to see a daily ridership of around 400,000 commuters.

4. The TSL will bring significant time savings to commuters travelling along the north-south corridor. For example, a resident from Springleaf travelling to Great World City will cut his or her journey time by half, as the direct train ride from Springleaf station to Great World station will take only 30 minutes, compared to an hour’s journey today by bus and MRT. Woodlands South residents travelling to Orchard will be able to do so within a 35-minute train ride on the TSL, compared to a 50-minute journey by bus and MRT today. With the interchanges, commuters will also have more alternate routes to different destinations across the rail network. For instance, Sin Ming residents working in Outram Park can now take TSL instead of having to travel by bus before transferring to NSEWL. With TSL, his or her journey will be reduced by at least 15 minutes from 45 minutes currently.