Punggol and Pasir Ris Residents to Get Four More Train Stations by 2031
Punggol and Pasir Ris residents can anticipate better MRT connectivity as four more train stations will be available by 2031. These stations will connect with the north-eastern and eastern parts of Singapore.
There will be a 7.3km extension of the future Cross Island Line (CRL). This extension will serve as a shuttle service that will supplement bus services plying between the two towns.
According to a statement by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the new extension will help commuters save up to 25 minutes when travelling from Punggol Central to Pasir Ris instead of spending about 40 to 45 minutes as we have it presently. About 40,000 existing households will derive benefits from the CRL extension when it is completed. The upcoming residential and commercial development, Pasir Ris 8, will benefit from the convenient connectivity around the area. Learn more about Pasir Ris here.
By the year 2022, the construction of underground stations will commence at Punggol, Pasir Ris, Riviera, and Elias. These stations should be completed and opened for use by 2031. The extension is envisaged to redistribute the load of travel across the rail network. It is also expected to provide an alternative travel route.
The stations at Punggol, Pasir Ris, and Riviera will be interchanges constructed into existing stations that will end up leading to North-East Line (NEL), the main branch of the CRL, and the Punggol LRT. The first phase should be completed by 2029.
Meanwhile, Elias station will be built close to the Elias Mall, residential blocks of Pasir Ris Drive 3, and industrial developments located at Pasir Ris Drive 12.
The trains that will ply the Punggol extension will consist of six cars that can increase to eight when demand increases. Ridership on the CRL should increase from six hundred thousand initially to one million in the future.
The LTA made it known that it had consulted JTC Corporation, Urban Redevelopment Authority, and Housing Board to determine how feasible the new stations are.
Janil Puthucheary who is the Senior Minister of State for Transport mentioned that the extension is a vital part of the MRT infrastructure due to the way it links families in Punggol to other parts of Singapore and workplaces in Changi. Dr Janil hopes that Pasir Ris residents come to the Punggol Digital District for work and other purposes.
He went further to explain that the expansion in the train network is necessary for building the car-lite society that we all want.
Sun Xueling who is the Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs and National Development mentioned that the young people and those who will work in the future Punggol Digital District will benefit from the future extension.
Located within Punggol North, Punggol Digital District will serve as a multipurpose business district that will be well integrated with the Singapore Institute of Technology campus.
By the time it opens progressively starting from 2023, the Punggol Digital District will cover 50 hectares and support about 28,000 digital economy jobs, which also include roles in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.
Still in 2023, the future Punggol Coast station will expand rail links further to the Punggol North area. The station will be constructed by JTC and it will be integrated with JTC’s business park in Punggol Digital District. The station will support new residential estates at Punggol Point District and Northshore District. According to the LTA, southbound tunnels have been built already while 15% of the construction work for northbound tunnels has been completed.