Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) have unveiled the alignment and station locations for the Jurong Region Line (JRL), the seventh mass rapid transit line in the country.
The planned new line will serve the regions of Choa Chu Kang, Boon Lay and Jurong, as well as the Tengah area. It will also offer connectivity to key activity nodes in Jurong including the Jurong Industrial Estate, Jurong Innovation District and the Nanyang Technological University.
Initially, the JRL was introduced as part of the Land Transport Master Plan 2013 as a 20km-long line, projected to be completed by 2025.
Following the completion of engineering studies, the revised plan involves the construction of a 24km-long line with 24 stations including three interchange stations at Boon Lay, Choa Chu Kang and Jurong East.
The JRL is now scheduled to open in three phases starting 2026. In the first phase, JRL (West) will commence operations followed by JRL (East) in the second phase in 2027.
The third phase in 2028 will see the opening of the extensions into Nanyang Technological University in the west and Jurong Pier in the south to complete the JRL (West) route.
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After the commencement of operations, the JRL is expected to improve connectivity in the western part of Singapore, as well as reduce journey times.
Furthermore, the new line will strengthen the resilience of the rail network, as well as provide passengers with faster transportation alternatives.
In the years following the JRL’s completion, the line is estimated to serve more than 200,000 commuters every day. The number of daily commuters will increase to nearly 500,000 after the Jurong Innovation District, Tengah area and Jurong Lake District branches are completely developed.