Singapore's LTA unveils first phase of Cross Island MRT Line


The Land Transport Authority (LTA), a statutory board under the Ministry of Transport that is responsible for the land transport developments in Singapore, has announced the alignment and station locations for the first phase of the Cross Island Line (CRL).

Touted be LTA’s longest fully underground line, the new section represents the transport authority’s eighth MRT line and will be constructed in three phases.

Upon completion, the Cross Island Line will serve existing and future developments in the eastern, western, and north-eastern corridors, connecting major hubs like Jurong Lake District, Punggol Digital District and Changi region.

The overall project is expected to have a daily ridership of more than 600,000 in the initial years, increasing to over one million in the future.

CRL1, which represents the first phase of the CRL, covers 29km in length and features 12 stations from Aviation Park to Bright Hill. The initial phase will cater to residential and industrial areas such as Loyang, Tampines, Pasir Ris, Defu, Hougang, Serangoon North and Ang Mo Kio.

It is expected that over 100,000 households will benefit from first phase of the CRL. Construction on the CRL1 is anticipated to start in 2020 and will be completed by 2029.

LTA stated that currently engineering studies are being conducted for the remaining phases of the CRL, including the two underground alignment options near the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

Several stakeholders have been consulted and their views have been taken into consideration before making an announcement on the final alignment, LTA said.

When completed, CRL1 will reduce travel times for commuters between the central, north-eastern and eastern parts of Singapore.

Furthermore, the transport authority will build a new 57-hectare depot at Changi East to offer stabling and maintenance facilities for up to 80 CRL trains.

In order to support the construction of CRL1 and related road works, the Government of Singapore will partially acquire eight properties.

LTA said that the acquisitions involve ancillary features such as green verges, boundary walls and subterranean space. The transport authority stressed that existing building structures will not be affected.


Image:LTA unveils first phase of Cross Island MRT Line. Photo: Courtesy of the Land Transport Authority of Singapore.

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