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Thomson-East Coast Line could be extended to connect to Changi Airport
From: Straits Times
By: Adrian Lim
Date: 21/07/16

SINGAPORE - The Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL), currently being constructed, could be extended to connect to the Changi Airport MRT station, as well as the airport's future Terminal 5.

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said on Thursday (July 21) that the government is accessing the feasibility of extending the 43km MRT line, which is expected to open in stages from 2019 to 2024.

"It would provide a direct connection from the airport to the city. This would benefit travellers and airport staff," said Mr Khaw during a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of works for the East Coast stretch of the TEL.

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Thomson-East Coast MRT line may be extended to airport
From: Straits Times
By: Adrian Lim
Date: 22/07/16


The upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) could be lengthened to provide a direct train link between the city and Changi Airport.

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan revealed yesterday that the Government is studying the feasibility of extending the 43km MRT line, which is expected to open in stages from 2019 to 2024.

"It would provide a direct connection from the airport to the city," said Mr Khaw during a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of works for the TEL's East Coast stretch. MRT commuters currently have to transfer to an airport shuttle service at Tanah Merah station on the East-West Line.

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Thomson-East Coast Line (East Coast Stretch) Breaks Ground Today
Press Release 21/07/16

Construction for Downtown Line 3 Extension and East Coast Integrated Depot also gets underway

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) marked the start of construction of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) East Coast stretch, Downtown Line 3 Extension (DTL3e) and the East Coast Integrated Depot today. The groundbreaking marks another major step toward our expanded rail network of some 360 kilometres by 2030.

Expanding the Rail Network for Greater Connectivity and Improved Resilience

When completed, the 13-kilometre East Coast stretch of the TEL will connect commuters living in the eastern parts of Singapore who are not directly served by the rail network currently, such as those in Tanjong Rhu, Marine Parade and Bedok South, to the heart of the city. As part of the 43-kilometre long TEL, East Coast residents will also be connected to the north-south corridor. The TEL will strengthen the connectivity and resilience of our rail network by providing alternative travel routes for many more commuters on the existing lines. The East Coast stretch will have nine stations, including one interchange station with the DTL3e at Sungei Bedok.

In addition to the previously announced alignment of the TEL, LTA is further studying extending the TEL from Sungei Bedok station to the future Changi Airport Terminal 5, and then connecting to the existing Changi Airport MRT station on the East-West Line. With such an extension, commuters would enjoy a direct connection between Changi Airport and the city. If feasible, this extension would be operational together with the opening of the new Terminal 5.

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Why not SMRT resume the through line service where as alternate eastbound trains will end at either Pasir Ris or Changi Airport?Then for return trip,the train continues to Joo Koon/(Tuas Link) and passengers need not transfer at Tanah Merah.Although people will say it is confusing,but this is also the case for CCLe and MSP trains so passengers should listen to announcements
DTL3 will be opening next year as well and there might also be crowd at Expo who will transfer at Tanah Merah and the Tanah Merah crowd will be more
(03 September 2016, 07:36 PM)SMB3078S Wrote: [ -> ]Why not SMRT resume the through line service where as alternate eastbound trains will end at either Pasir Ris or Changi Airport?Then for return trip,the train continues to Joo Koon/(Tuas Link) and passengers need not transfer at Tanah Merah.Although people will say it is confusing,but this is also the case for CCLe and MSP trains so passengers should listen to announcements
DTL3 will be opening next year as well and there might also be crowd at Expo who will transfer at Tanah Merah and the Tanah Merah crowd will be more

Demand for Simei-Pasir Ris is a lot higher than the extension, it is easier to regulate frequencies if trains from Joo Koon travel only towards Pasir Ris than to alternate trains.
(03 September 2016, 07:57 PM)Flip Wrote: [ -> ]
(03 September 2016, 07:36 PM)SMB3078S Wrote: [ -> ]Why not SMRT resume the through line service where as alternate eastbound trains will end at either Pasir Ris or Changi Airport?Then for return trip,the train continues to Joo Koon/(Tuas Link) and passengers need not transfer at Tanah Merah.Although people will say it is confusing,but this is also the case for CCLe and MSP trains so passengers should listen to announcements
DTL3 will be opening next year as well and there might also be crowd at Expo who will transfer at Tanah Merah and the Tanah Merah crowd will be more

Demand for Simei-Pasir Ris is a lot higher than the extension, it is easier to regulate frequencies if trains from Joo Koon travel only towards Pasir Ris than to alternate trains.
What about one in four trains like MSP?
(04 September 2016, 08:56 AM)SMB3078S Wrote: [ -> ]
(03 September 2016, 07:57 PM)Flip Wrote: [ -> ]
(03 September 2016, 07:36 PM)SMB3078S Wrote: [ -> ]Why not SMRT resume the through line service where as alternate eastbound trains will end at either Pasir Ris or Changi Airport?Then for return trip,the train continues to Joo Koon/(Tuas Link) and passengers need not transfer at Tanah Merah.Although people will say it is confusing,but this is also the case for CCLe and MSP trains so passengers should listen to announcements
DTL3 will be opening next year as well and there might also be crowd at Expo who will transfer at Tanah Merah and the Tanah Merah crowd will be more

Demand for Simei-Pasir Ris is a lot higher than the extension, it is easier to regulate frequencies if trains from Joo Koon travel only towards Pasir Ris than to alternate trains.
What about one in four trains like MSP?

This one is because of low demend on MSP.
1 in 4 trains to Changi Airport?
Then frequency between Tanah Merah & Pasir Ris will become irregular since the gap between trains will be doubled when 1 train goes to Changi Airport.