SINGAPORE: The third stage of the Downtown Line (DTL) will open on Oct 21, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced on Wednesday (May 31).
The 21km Downtown Line 3 (DTL3) has 16 stations that run from Fort Canning to Expo, passing through many areas in the east such as Bendemeer, MacPherson, Ubi, Kaki Bukit, Bedok North and Upper Changi.
It is the longest stretch of DTL to be opened, and includes three interchange stations - MacPherson, Tampines and Expo.
With the opening of the new stretch, the DTL would be the longest underground and driverless MRT line in Singapore.
"DTL will bring the MRT within walking distance of many households," said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Wednesday. "Residents and businesses along DTL3 have put up patiently with noise and other inconveniences, and we hope to return the favour by providing convenient, reliable train service."
Mr Khaw had previously described the opening of DTL3 as a “game changer” for residents in eastern Singapore, just as the Downtown Line 2 (DTL2) was for residents in the West and North-West of the country.
According to LTA, DTL3 will cut travel time from Kaki Bukit to Tampines to 10 minutes compared to 25 minutes by bus.
Downtown Line 1 opened on Dec 22, 2013 while DTL2 began operations on Dec 27, 2015. There is also a DTL3 extension in the works, connecting the line to the Thomson-East Coast Line.
DTL is operated by SBS Transit.
The first 10 stations of DTL3 - from Fort Canning to Bedok North - have achieved their temporary occupation permit status, said LTA, while the final fitting out works are currently in progress at the last six stations.