Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has transferred six Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 2 (TEL2) stations to rail operator SMRT, which is a subsidiary of Singapore state investment firm Temasek.
While some architectural, mechanical, and electrical works are still going on, the civil and structural works for the stations along TEL2 have been finished.
The TEL2 will commence services in the third quarter of this year.
The testing and commissioning of the trains and systems for TEL2 have also been concluded, including trials to confirm that the new stations function harmoniously with the three TEL1 stations – Woodlands North, Woodlands South and Woodlands.
The rail operator will now carry out trials to authenticate the functional readiness of TEL2 systems as well as familiarise its workers with the operations of TEL2.
During this phase, SMRT will also conduct emergency preparedness exercises.
The six TEL2 stations include Springleaf, Lentor, Bright Hill, Mayflower, Upper Thomson and Caldecott.
As an interchange station, Caldecott will provide transit connection to the Circle Line (CCL).
LTA stated that the nearby residents will be able to save around 50% of their time when travelling through these nine stations along TEL1 and TEL2.
Last week, LTA granted the civil contract for the design and construction of Pasir Ris interchange station and tunnels to a joint venture comprising the Singapore branch of Dongah Geological Engineering and South Korea-based Daewoo Engineering and Construction.
The value of the contract was around $980m and the project will be executed for phase one of the Cross Island Line (CRL).