Stations buzzing on first day of operations for third stage of Thomson-East Coast Line

by Albert02

Stations buzzing on first day of operations for third stage of Thomson-East Coast Line

Stations buzzing on first day of operations for third stage of Thomson-East Coast Line. The Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) third stage began for passenger service on Sunday, attracting throngs who took photos of the trains and stops on Singapore’s newest MRT line.

On their way to a morning workout, commuters included families, elders, and fitness aficionados. Mr Jacky Zhu, 40, his wife, and his three to eight-year-old children were eager to board the train on the first day of official operations. At 9 a.m., the family boarded the MRT at Great World station on their way to Gardens by the Bay. “I wanted to know how long it would take for my daily journey to my office in Marina Bay,” said the software engineer, who works for a fintech firm.

Stevens, Napier, Orchard Boulevard, Orchard, Great World, Havelock, Outram Park, Maxwell, Shenton Way, Marina Bay, and Gardens by the Bay are among the 11 new stations that opened on Sunday. On Friday, commuters were given a sneak peek of the route, with free rides granted along the 11 new stops but no links to existing MRT lines. According to the Land Transport Authority, 500,000 people arrived that day. TEL stations Stevens and Orchard connect to the Downtown Line, Outram Park to the East-West and North East lines, and Marina Bay to the Circle and North-South lines.

Mr Dylan Tan, 31, caught the train from Havelock station at 9 a.m. to meet his companions at Beauty World station for a morning hike in Rifle Range Nature Park, which opened on Saturday. Mr Tan, a relationship manager in a bank who goes hiking on weekends, said it would take 45 minutes by public transportation from his house in Tiong Bahru to access the Rail Corridor. He stated the commute is now only 20 minutes because he no longer has to take a bus to Newton station before changing to the Downtown Line.

The first stage of the TEL opens in January 2020, with three stations. The line begins at Woodlands North station and will extend down to the city center and Gardens by the Bay with the official launch of its third stage on Sunday. Ten further stations will open in two stages by 2025, reaching from the Founders’ Memorial in Marina East to Sungei Bedok.

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