Commuters enjoy free preview of TEL Stage 3 stations ahead of Sunday opening

Members of the public going on free rides along Stage 3 of the Thomson-East Coast Line. (PHOTO: LTA)
Members of the public going on free rides along Stage 3 of the Thomson-East Coast Line. (PHOTO: LTA)

SINGAPORE — The third stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL3) was officially opened by Transport Minister S Iswaran on Friday (11 November), as commuters enjoyed a free preview of the 11 new stations before it begins commercial service on Sunday.

The "Rail Day Out in the City" preview event gave the public the chance to familiarise themselves with the 11 stations, and explore the architecture and features as well as interesting landmarks around the stations.

They were also able to view a collaborative photo exhibition at Orchard station, between LTA and "We The People of Singapore", a project by photography enthusiasts to celebrate essential workers at the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fun activities for commuters were also set up in numerous booths along the stations, with games for them to win prizes.

Enhancing connections to stations

LTA said it will be enhancing first-and-last mile connections to the new TEL stations where needed. For example, to enhance connection to Shenton Way station along Park Street, bus service 400 will be amended to ply Straits View and Park Street.

The authority will also monitor the changes in travel patterns, in particular for bus services which duplicate the TEL route, and make adjustments to optimise the bus network and reallocate the resources to other areas of need.

When TEL3 commences passenger service on Sunday, trains will be running along from Woodlands North to Gardens by the Bay at frequencies of five minutes during peak hours, and six minutes during off-peak hours. Commuters can refer to LTA’s MyTransport.SG mobile app for information on first and last train timings and estimated travel time.

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