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A sneak peek at Downtown Line 3's stations

Ahead of DTL3's opening on Oct 21, we take a sneak peek at some unopened stations

Downtown Line 3 (DTL3) will open on Oct 21, completing a three-stage MRT line that links the north-western and eastern towns to the old and new downtowns.

The 21km, 16-station DTL3 runs from Fort Canning station, directly across from Liang Court, through old-town neighbourhoods such as Jalan Besar and Bendemeer before heading eastwards through Geylang Bahru, MacPherson, Ubi, Bedok North and Upper Changi to end at Expo station.

New interchanges on this section of the DTL include an interchange with the Circle Line at MacPherson station and interchanges at Tampines and Expo stations with the East-West Line.

Once the DTL is fully operational, it will be Singapore's longest underground MRT line, spanning 42km.

To celebrate this milestone, the Land Transport Authority is offering commuters free travel for journeys between all 34 stations of the DTL on Oct 21 and 22.

The free rides are only for passengers starting and ending their journeys on Downtown Lines 1, 2 and 3.

To get the free rides, passengers can tap their farecards in and out at the fare gates, and no money will be deducted.

  • DTL1 Six stations from Chinatown to Bugis. Opened on Dec 22, 2013.

    DTL2 12 stations from Bukit Panjang to Rochor. Opened on Dec 27, 2015.

    DTL3 16 stations from Fort Canning to Expo, spanning 21km. To open on Oct 21.

    DTL3 Extension From Expo to Sungei Bedok, an additional 2.2km. Will open in 2024.

Commuters who are transferring from other lines at interchange stations can tap out from the non-DTL station and tap in to the DTL to get free travel for the DTL leg of the journey.

However, there are special arrangements for passengers who are transferring at Bukit Panjang, Newton and Tampines stations, as these are different from regular interchange stations, and commuters have to go through a public area outside the fare gates to change lines.

Those who are transferring to the DTL from these stations must use the dedicated fare gates to get the free rides on the DTL.

There will be signs, posters and station staff at the three stations to assist and direct commuters.

Aside from the free rides, there will be a DTL3 Open House on Oct 15, where commuters can get a free preview of the new stations.

Themed Rail of Fun, the event will feature activities at the DTL3 stations from 10am to 6pm.


BENCOOLEN STATION: The station has three entrances and comprises of six levels. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


GEYLANG BAHRU STATION: Sharp eyes are needed as some of these are so well placed, one might think they are real. The station’s interior also features leaf-like architecture. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


GEYLANG BAHRU STATION: Apart from the artworks scattered around the station, the interior features a leaf-like architecture. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


GEYLANG BAHRU STATION: Scattered around the station are artworks by Marienne Yang that depict everyday life, such as a drink packet hanging on a railing (above) and a man painting a wall. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


GEYLANG BAHRU STATION: Scattered around the station are artworks by Marienne Yang that depict everyday life, such as a drink packet hanging on a railing and a man painting a wall (above). ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


GEYLANG BAHRU STATION: Titled, Constructed Memories, the artworks were 
created to bring back the construction and industrial memories of the Geylang Bahru Industrial Estate. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


FORT CANNING STATION: The station has a green theme to reflect its natural surroundings, and this is amplified in the curved ceiling. The concourse area of the station features motifs of the former National Theatre, which once stood on Fort Canning, on the metal railings and wall. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


FORT CANNING STATION: Abstract motifs of the National Theatre etched into the concourse stone walls and various green accents peppered around the walls and vent shafts to give it a natural and green theme. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


FORT CANNING STATION: The design of the station has considered two historical elements of the area, Fort Canning Park and the former National Theatre. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


TAMPINES WEST STATION: Land Transport Authority engineers checking the signalling equipment and collecting data logs to make sure the train is safe to operate. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


TAMPINES WEST STATION: An engineer checking the environmental control system that regulates the air-conditioning in the station as well as tunnel ventilation. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


TAMPINES WEST STATION: Engineers checking the driving console of a driverless train. It shows the status of the train and its condition, and also has driving controls in the event that the train needs to be driven by a staff member. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


TAMPINES WEST STATION: LTA engineers at work. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


MACPHERSON STATION: One of the three interchanges of Downtown Line 3. The brightly coloured walls are not only pleasing to the eye, but also indicate which line a commuter is on. The Circle Line, also commonly known as the orange line, is indicated here with the solid orange walls. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


MACPHERSON STATION: The long underground linkway walls features artwork
created by artist Aminah Mohd Sa’at. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


MACPHERSON STATION: The new station will allow commuters to conveniently transfer to the CCL as the DTL
platforms are connected directly to the CCL platform though a short escalator ride. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


BEDOK RESERVOIR STATION: The station is located at Bedok Town Park, beside Bedok North Avenue 3. It has two exits leading to the residential blocks in the vicinity and the park. It will serve many schools, such as Damai Secondary School, Bedok Green Secondary School, Red Swastika School and Yu Neng Primary School. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


BEDOK RESERVOIR STATION: Station in the park, the Bedok Reservoir Station is constructed within the Bedok Town Park and Bedok Reservoir Canal. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 25, 2017, with the headline 'Down the line'. Print Edition | Subscribe