December 28, 2015

Singapore launches Downtown Line Stage 2

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SINGAPOREAN prime minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong inaugurated the second phase of the Downtown Line (DTL2) on December 26, extending the total length of the line to 20.9km and improving rail links to the northwest of the island.

Passenger services began the following day on the 16.6km extension from Bugis to Bukit Panjang, which adds 12 stations to the network, including interchanges with the North-South Line, North East Line, Circle Line, and Bukit Panjang LRT.

The opening of DTL2 has reduced journey times between Bukit Panjang and Marina Bay Financial Centre from around an hour to 40 minutes.

DTL2 includes the line's main depot at Gali Batu, which has capacity to stable 81 three-car trains. Gali Batu is also the location for the line's permanent operational control centre (OOC), which has taken over from the temporary installation at Kim Chuan, which was commissioned for the opening of the 4.3km Stage 1 (DTL1) in December 2013.

The 42km Downtown Line is Singapore's fifth metro line and construction is being implemented in three phases. The 21km DTL3 from Chinatown to Expo will be completed in 2017.

Changchun Bombardier Railway Vehicles supplied eight three-car Movia C951 driverless trains for DTL1 and a further 37 three-car sets for DTL2.

Alstom has installed trackwork on DTL2 under a contract awarded by Singapore LTA in January 2009.

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