Following the announcements of the Jurong Region Line, the Tuas West Extension and the Thompson East Coast Line, this time it is the details of the Cross Island Line or the CRL which has been announced.
50 Kilometre Line Completing in Stages
The Cross Island Line (approximately 50km long) will be completed in three stages and the first phase will be about twenty nine kilometres with twelve stations beginning from Aviation Park MRT to Bright Hill MRT. Construction works for first phase is estimated to commence in year 2020 and is estimated to complete in year 2029.
Who Will Benefit When Completed
Commuters travelling to industrial as well as residential areas in Sin Ming, Ang Mo Kio, Serangoon, Hougang, Defu, Tampines, Pasir Ris, Loyang, Changi are set to benefit from the new Cross Island Line when phase 1 is completed.
When the CRL is fully completed, the Cross Island Line will also pass through areas such as Jurong, West Coast, Clementi as well as Bukit Timah, further enhancing the transport network in Singapore.
Enhanced Connectivity and Reduced Travelling Time
With the completion of the first phase of the Cross Island Line or CRL, travelling time will be reduced for commuters commuting in the central, northern-eastern and the eastern regions. With the enhanced connectivity, commuters may save up to seventy percent on travelling time especially when travelling from Serangoon to Loyang industrial areas.
Examples of How Travelling Time Will Be Reduced When Commuting Via CRL
For example, if you are commuting from Bright Hill to Pasir Ris, you would save up to about 50 minutes in terms of travelling time as the journey via the CRL would take approximately 30 minutes as compared to around 80 minutes today.
If you are travelling from Serangoon to Loyang Industrial area, travelling time would be reduced by up to around 50 minutes as the journey via the CRL would be around 25 minutes as compared to around 75 minutes today.
Also, if you were to travel from Ang Mo Kio to Aviation Park in Changi in future, you may be able to save up to around 70 minutes in terms of travelling time as the journey via the CRL would take approximately 35 minutes as compared to around 105 minutes today.
New Depot at Changi
There will also be a new train depot located in Changi to cater for the CRL trains.
To construct the Cross Island Line, 8 properties will also be acquired partially with existing buildings unaffected.
With the new Cross Island Line, it would take the total number of MRT lines in Singapore to 8, making commuters journey so much shorter and much more convenient.
Source : LTA