Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) awarded a consortium of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and CSR Qingdao Sifang (now part of CRRC Corporation) a $S749m ($US 549m) contract in May 2014 to supply 91 four-car trains.

The 43km, 31-station TEL will open in five phases between 2019 and 2024, linking the north of the island with central and eastern districts.

In September 2017 LTA awarded SMRT Trains a nine-year contract to operate the line.

THomson East Coast Line train interior