The 43km TEL is Singapore’s sixth metro line, adding 32 new stations to the existing network when fully-opened in 2024, with seven interchange stations linking the TEL to all five existing metro lines. TEL is initially expected to carry around 500,000 commuters daily, rising to around one million commuters in the longer term.
The first section, TEL1, comprises Woodlands North, Woodlands and Woodlands South stations, including an interchange station at Woodlands with the North-South Line (NSL), and a depot at Mandai.
The 270m-long Woodlands North station is located between Woodlands Avenue 9 and Admiralty Road West, 22m below ground level. The station has two entrances, with Entrance 1 leading directly to Republic Polytechnic.
The 330m-long Woodlands station is located between Woodlands Square and Woodlands Avenue 2. The station is situated 24m below ground level, and is equipped as a civil defence shelter.
Woodlands South station, which is 206m-long, has five entrances, one of which will open in tandem with the opening of the future Woodlands Health campus that is currently under development.
Four-car trains will initially operate at 10-minute headways during peak periods and at 15-minute headways during the off-peak, although this will be reviewed and adjusted over time.
Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) awarded a consortium of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and CSR Qingdao Sifang (now part of CRRC Corporation) a $S 749m ($US 555.9m) contract in May 2014 to supply 91 four-car trains. SMRT Trains was awarded a nine-year contract to operate the line.
The second stage of the TEL comprises six stations from Springleaf to Caldecott, with two interchange stations at Bright Hill and Caldecott. Bright Hill station will link to the future Cross Island Line, while Caldecott station will link to the existing Circle Line.
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