Stage 2 of the Downtown Line is scheduled to open in December, and many residents from Choa Chu Kang, Yew Tee, and even Kranji and Bukit Gombak, are expected to travel to Bukit Panjang in order to commute on the line.
This would put a strain on the existing Bukit Panjang LRT system, which connects the North-South Line to the Downtown Line.
As a resident of Bukit Panjang, I cannot imagine how the Bukit Panjang LRT will be able to cope with the surge in commuters.
Currently, the LRT trains are very packed during rush hours, even after an upgrade in capacity.
The problem will only worsen when more residential developments in Bukit Panjang and Choa Chu Kang are completed.
All this might cripple the Bukit Panjang LRT.
Thus, it would serve the interests of many residents in the north-western region if Bukit Panjang and Choa Chu Kang were connected via an MRT line.
The planners of the Jurong Region Line could seriously take this into consideration.
Ng Wei Shee