Groundbreaking ceremony for six stations of Thomson-East Coast Line

SINGAPORE - The new Thomson-East Coast Line will make a big difference to residents, especially those who live in areas currently not served by MRT services, said Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah on Saturday.

In a speech at the groundbreaking ceremony of six stations on the Thomson-East Coast Line, Tanjong Pagar GRC MP Indranee said: "Our residents can make use of the Thomson-East Coast Line to connect to the other MRT lines... to go to various parts of Singapore. This will make the travelling journey by public transport much faster and more convenient."

The groundbreaking ceremony are for the Napier, Orchard Boulevard, Orchard, Great World, Havelock and Outram Park stations of the 43km Thomson-East Coast Line. These six will serve around 150,000 residents in the Tanglin-Cairnhill, Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru and Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng constituencies. There are 31 stations in total on the new MRT line, which will be completed in 2024.

More than 100 residents, and over 200 Land Transport Authority (LTA) staff members, contractors as well as guests, attended the event held at the Orchard station site office.

"Since the first MRT line, we have seen communities grow and thrive when MRT stations are built in their midst. Residents and their estates are drawn closer together and are better connected with the rest of the island," added Ms Indranee.

Mr Edmund Lam, chairman of River Valley Neighbourhood Committee added: "These stations will benefit the residents, although they will have to put up with temporary inconveniences like noise and dust as construction works are carried out."