The new fully underground 13km East Coast stretch will have nine stations, including one interchange station with the Downtown Line. The new Eastern Region Line, which is also known as Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL), will run with the Thomson Line as a single line.
The aim for the new section is to provide a connection for commuters living in the eastern parts of Singapore who are not directly served by the rail network currently. As part of the 43km-long TEL, the East Coast stretch will also connect commuters to the North-South corridor. In all, TEL will have 31 stations, of which seven are interchanges.
In addition, LTA has finalised the alignment of the DTL3 Extension (DTL3e). This new extension will be 2.2km long and consists of two stations, including the interchange station with the East Coast stretch of TEL.
The East Coast stretch of TEL will be completed in two stages. The first seven stations from Tanjong Rhu to Bayshore will be ready in 2023, while the remaining two stations, the DTL3e and the depot will be completed in 2024.
When fully operational in 2024, the 31 stations on TEL are expected to serve about 500,000 commuters daily in the initial years, rising to one million commuters daily in the longer term.