By 2031, Punggol residents will get four more train stations to directly connect them to the eastern part of Singapore, to places like Tampines and Pasir Ris.
The line is an extension of the Cross Island Line, and will act as a shuttle service to supplement the buses that currently ply the route.
With the new extension, commuters can expect to save up to 25 minutes when they travel, for example, from Punggol Central to Pasir Ris, the Land Transport Authority said on Tuesday (March 10)
Construction of the underground Punggol, Riviera, Elias and Pasir Ris stations will begin in 2022 and the stations are expected to be opened by 2031.
Three of the four stations – Punggol, Riviera and Pasir Ris – will be interchange stations.
Travel time between Pasir Ris and Punggol will be halved with the construction of an MRT line extension linking the two towns by 2031.
First announced during the launch of the 2040 Land Transport Master Plan last year, the 7.3km-long Cross Island Line-Punggol Extension will begin construction in 2022.
Pasir Ris will link to the East-West Line as well as the upcoming first phase of the Cross Island Line, while Punggol will link to the North-East Line.
Riviera will connect to the existing station of the same name on the Punggol LRT line.
More than 40,000 households living near the stations will benefit from the new extension, Senior Minister of State for Transport Janil Puthucheary said on Tuesday (Mar 10).
Dr Puthucheary, who is also a Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, noted the gazetting of the Punggol extension was another step towards the completion of the Cross Island Line, which at 50km will be Singapore’s longest fully underground MRT line when completed.
He was speaking during a visit to the site of tunnels leading to the future Punggol Coast MRT station – which will serve the upcoming Punggol Digital District when completed in 2023 – together with Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean and Senior Parliamentary Secretary Sun Xueling.
Many residents of Pasir Ris welcomes this new MRT extension to Punggol. Residents of the upcoming Pasir Ris Central mixed development and Pasir Ris Town will benefit from this new extension and enjoy even greater convenience when travelling between Pasir Ris and Punggol.