Woodlands residents who currently live further away from the existing Woodlands MRT Station on the North-South line may be able to cut their journey into town by half when the Thomson-East Coast Lines is complete.
The Woodlands North and South Stations will be ready by the end of this month. These 2 stations, together with the Woodlands station which will connect both these stops will open on Jan 31.
The journey from Woodlands to town could eventually be cut by half with TEL
The 3 stations – Woodlands, Woodlands North and Woodlands South belong to the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) and are the first 3 stations of this new line to open to the public. These new stations may relieve the congestion issues at the Woodlands station especially during the morning peak hour.
For some residents, travelling from their homes to orchard used to take an hour or more as it consists of connecting bus rides to the Woodlands station. With the Woodlands North and Woodlands South stations, they may be able to connect directly to the Woodlands MRT station on the North-West line.
These 2 stations will also serve residents living in the HDB blocks further away from the Woodlands interchange station. They are also surrounded by many schools such as The Singapore Sports School, Christ Church Secondary School, Innova Primary School and Woodgrove Secondary School which are near the Woodlands South MRT station; and Republic Polytechnic near the Woodlands North MRT station.
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TEL would help the development of Woodlands as an economic hub
As the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) works to develop the Woodlands Regional Centre into the largest economic hub in the North, the new TEL line could also benefit many of the residents and property investors here. The Thomson-East Coast Line is Singapore’s 6th MRT line and will be completely ready for commuters come 2024. It would potentially serve about 1 million commuters daily.