Public to get preview of Downtown Line 2 on Dec 5, ahead of official opening

Rochor station on the Downtown Line 2.
Rochor station on the Downtown Line 2.PHOTO: DOWNTOWN LINE CONSTRUCTION / BLOGSPOT

SINGAPORE - The public will get a preview of the Downtown Line 2 (DTL2) on Dec 5, ahead of its official opening later that month.

They will be able to travel for free on the DTL2 that day from 10am to 6pm, and to check out the station layout and amenities near the 12 new stations.

The 16.6km DTL2, which will officially open on Dec 27, will run through areas like Hillview, Beauty World, King Albert Park, Little India and Rochor, before connecting to the six-station DTL1, which opened in 2013.

For the open house on Dec 5, games and activities will also be held at six stations - Rochor, Little India, Newton, Botanic Gardens, Beauty World and Bukit Panjang - with celebrities including Chua Enlai, Irene Ang and Suhaimi Yusof emceeing the festivities.

To encourage more commuters to experience the new DTL2 stations, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will also offer free travel on the entire Downtown Line from Dec 27 to Jan 1, 2016.

Commuters only need to start and end their journey at any of the 18 DTL stations to enjoy free travel, the LTA said. The DTL is operated by SBS Transit.

The opening of the DTL2 on Dec 27 will also coincide with a reduction of bus and train fares that same day.

The adjustment, which takes into account 2014's drop in energy prices, will see fares cut by up to 4 cents per journey.