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Singapore announces alignment for Cross Island Line

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Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced the alignment and station locations for Phase 1 of its Cross Island Line (CRL).

The CRL is the eighth MRT line and the longest fully underground line. When fully completed, it will serve existing and future developments in the eastern, western, and north-eastern corridors, linking major hubs such as Jurong Lake District, Punggol Digital District and Changi region.

To be constructed in three phases, the CRL first phase will be 29km long and comprise of 12 stations from Aviation Park to Bright Hill. This will serve residential and industrial areas such as Loyang, Tampines, Pasir Ris, Defu, Hougang, Serangoon North and Ang Mo Kio.

When the first phase is complete it will connect to the East-West Line at Pasir Ris Station, North East Line at Hougang Station, North-South Line at Ang Mo Kio Station, and the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line at Bright Hill Station.

Construction is expected to commence in 2020 and be completed by 2029.

According to LTA, engineering studies are still being conducted for the other phases of the CRL, including the two underground alignment options in the vicinity of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

The projected daily ridership of the entire CRL is more than 600,000 in the initial years, increasing to over 1M in the longer term, the LTA said.

Earlier this month, the LTA announced the award of SG$3.14bn (£1.8bn) worth of tunnelling contracts for six North South Corridor tunnels. 

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