Singapore Land transport Authority awarded Invensys a $S 228m ($US 185m) contract in December 2008 to supply signalling systems for all three stages of the 42km line, and installation work was subcontracted by Invensys to Singapore Technologies Electronics in a $S 28m deal signed in 2010.

The line is equipped with Dimetronic's Sirius CBTC technology and Rail 9000 ATS, and will operate in full-automatic driverless mode from the outset. Test running will begin in March using C951 three-car trains, 73 of which are being supplied by Changchun Bombardier Railway Vehicles, China.

The 16.6km Stage 2 from Bugis to Bukit Panjang will be completed in 2015 and the final 21km eastern section from Chinatown to Expo will open in 2017. The 34-staion line will be operated by SBS Transit and is expected to carry more than 500,000 passengers per day.