Next phases of Cross Island Line may have 11 stations

SINGAPORE – The next 2 stages of the Cross Island Line (CRL) could include 11 brand-new stations offering Bukit Timah, Clementi, Belgravia Ace, and also West Coast before terminating in Tuas.

Tentative preparation for the western leg additionally suggests that four of the suggested terminals are slated to be interchanges that will certainly link to the existing or upcoming railway.

The 4 interchanges are anticipated to be in King Albert Park, Clementi, Jurong Pier as well as Gul Circle, according to an MRT system map that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) just recently put up online as part of a digital event.

As of Monday (Dec 6), the online event is no more available, and also the system map has been taken down.

The map, which revealed a suggested alignment for stages two and three of the CRL, did not call the continuing to be 7 stations on the western leg of the railway.

In reaction to The Straits Times’ inquiries, LTA stated the station positionings for the continuing to be two phases of the CRL as shown in the MRT system map are “conceptual positionings” that have actually not been settled.

The interchange terminals shown are likewise a sign in nature as well as based on detailed engineering studies that consider localized aspects such as land schedule as well as ground problems, LTA included.

Based on the map seen by The Straits Times, the western leg of the 50km CRL starts from Bright Hillside terminal in Wrong Ming and also appears to connect with King Albert Park terminal on the Downtown Line, Clementi terminal on the East-West line, and Jurong Pier terminal on the upcoming Jurong Region Line.

The line at some point terminates at Gul Circle, reconnecting with the East-West Line.

According to the map, there will also be a brand-new terminus station on the eastern leg of the CRL. Likely to be situated at the future Changi Airport 5, it seems an interchange that will connect to a future extension of the Thomson-East Shore Line.

The building has actually currently begun on the CRL’s very first phase, which consists of 12 terminals from Aeronautics Park to Bright Hill.

The 29km stretch will serve household as well as industrial areas, consisting of Loyang, Tampines, Pasir Ris, Defu as well as Serangoon North.

It is anticipated to be finished in 2030.

A sector of the CRL will likewise expand from Pasir Ris to Punggol.

Revealed last year, the four-station extension will profit more than 40,000 households when operational in 2032.

National University of Singapore transportation infrastructure skilled Raymond Ong claimed the western leg of the CRL will make the rail system much more resistant as the recommended positioning will give an alternative for travelers that use the western area of the East-West Line as well the Circle Line.

There is currently no railways that run parallel to those areas, Partner Professor Ong noted. The CRL will certainly also assist to reduce travel time in between western Singapore as well as areas such as Ang Mo Kio, Hougang, and also Sengkang by giving a lot more straight links, he claimed.

No dates have actually been provided for when stages two and 3 will be built or opened.

Prior to settling the positioning and the areas of the future terminals, the authorities would require to inspect if there is room to suit the required framework, Prof Ong said.

They will additionally need to think about if there will be sufficient need as well as this needs to coincide with the longer-term preparation for the location around the station, he claimed.

From an engineering perspective, there is additionally a demand to research exactly how the dirt around the proposed MRT line and also terminals will certainly behave in order to determine what type of engineering actions will certainly be needed and how much it will cost.

Prof Ong said: “It is not so straightforward … We have to consider the development that will take place around the terminal, specifically when we are discussing built-up areas.”

First announced 8 years earlier in the 2013 Land Transportation Plan Of Attack, the CRL will be Singapore’s eighth MRT line, and also it is anticipated to decrease crowding on the existing East-West and North-East lines.

Linking significant hubs such as the future Jurong Lake District as well as Punggol Digital Area, the whole CRL is anticipated to have a day-to-day ridership of more than 600,000 in the preliminary years, as well as over one million in the longer term, LTA had said.

Covering the length of Singapore, from Changi to Tuas, it will certainly be the longest totally underground rail line right here and also have the highest variety of interchange terminals, with virtually half of its terminals anticipated to serve as interchanges with other lines.

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