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Construction of the Thomson MRT Line

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced the rail alignment and station locations for Thomson Line (TSL) today.

2.       The 30-km long TSL will connect commuters living along the North South corridor directly to the heart of the city and developments in the Marina Bay area.  TSL will run from Woodlands in the north to Marina Bay. Fully underground, TSL will have 22 stations, including six interchange stations. These interchange stations will link to the East West Line (EWL), North South Line (NSL), North East Line (NEL), Circle Line (CCL) and the future Downtown Line (DTL), for greater accessibility and improved travel time.

Better Connectivity and Shorter Waiting Time with TSL

3.       Running parallel to the existing NSL, TSL will serve commuters living or working along its corridor in Woodlands, Sin Ming, Thomson, Kim Seng and Marina Bay areas not served by the existing MRT network. With six interchange stations, commuters can reach their destinations in the shortest possible time, directly or by making transfers at the interchanges. Residents along the TSL corridor will be able to experience savings in travel time. For example, a Sin Ming resident travelling to Republic Polytechnic will have his journey time reduced by half, from 50 minutes to 25 minutes.

Improved Integration with the Rail Network

4.       With six interchange stations, the TSL will connect to all existing lines and the future DTL for improved accessibility to other areas:

a) TSL will connect to the NSL at the Woodlands and Orchard stations. Workers heading to the industrial estates of Woodlands and Sungei Kadut will be able to change trains at the NSL Woodlands station.

b) Caldecott station will connect commuters to the orbital CCL, offering inter-suburban connectivity.

c) Residents living along the Bukit Timah stretch can conveniently change trains at the future DTL Stevens station to connect to the TSL.

d) Outram Park station and the Marina Bay stations will provide excellent network access with the TSL connecting to the EWL and NEL at Outram Park station, and the NSL and CCL Marina Bay station.

5.       The TSL will be completed in three stages, with the first stretch (three stations from Woodlands North to Woodlands South) completed in 2019. The second stretch (six stations from Springleaf to Caldecott) will be completed in 2020 and the final stretch (13 stations from Mount Pleasant to Gardens by the Bay) in 2021. When fully operational in 2021, the 22 stations on TSL will serve about 400,000 commuters daily.

Land Acquisition

6.       While all efforts have been made to minimize land acquisition, the Government will need to acquire 4 full lots, which consist of 2 landed houses and a utility building, and several part lots to facilitate the construction of the Thomson MRT Line and the widening of Toa Payoh Rise. To enable comprehensive redevelopment of the area, Pearl Centre at Eu Tong Sen Street will also be acquired. The Pearl Centre site will be amalgamated with the adjacent land to allow for better optimization of land around the new MRT station for future high density developments.

7.       The notification of the lands affected by the acquisition has been published in the Gazette today. A copy of the Gazette Notification Nos. 2188 and 2189 dated 17 August 2012 may be found online at The affected private properties are listed as follows:

Property Name Property Address Lot No MK/TS Area
(sq m)
Thomson Road
Post Office
246T Upper
Thomson Road
12102A Mukim 18 2,649.9
Lighthouse School 51 Toa Payoh Rise 10200P Mukim 17 260.6
Lighthouse School 51 Toa Payoh Rise 10201T
Mukim 17 538.6 (scaled)
Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped 47 Toa Payoh Rise 10202A Mukim 17 151.0
Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped 47 Toa Payoh Rise 10203K
Mukim 17 15.1 (scaled)
Singapore Chinese Girls’ School 190 Dunearn Road 7666P
Mukim 17 919.0 (scaled)
- 133 Stevens Road 1128M Town Subdivision 25 905.0
- 2 Robin Close 701X Town Subdivision 26 997.3
- 2 Robin Close 705W Town Subdivision 26 16.1
Great World City 1 Kim Seng Promenade 1713V
Town Subdivision 24 816.5 (scaled)
Pearls Centre 100 & 100A
Eu Tong Sen Street
178W Town Subdivision 22 5,305.2
Yong An Park 325 - 333
River Valley Road
Town Subdivision 21 403.4 (scaled)


8.       Landowners who are directly affected will receive the acquisition notices. SLA will also get in touch with them over the course of the next few weeks to assist them as much as possible with their queries and concerns.

9.       Plans of the affected lands may be inspected during normal office hours at the office of the Collector of Land Revenue, Singapore Land Authority from Monday to Friday except Public Holidays. Any person who wishes to claim an interest in compensation on account of the acquisitions, but has not received an acquisition notice, may contact the office of the Collector of Land Revenue, Singapore Land Authority at 1800 323 9829 to arrange for an inquiry to state the nature of his interests in the land, the amount and particulars of his claims to compensation for his interest, the basis or mode of valuation by which the amount claimed is arrived at and his objections, if any, to the measurements of the land to be acquired.

10.     Should you require additional information, you may also call the following hotlines:

  i On Thomson MRT Line LTA Hotline: 1800 2255 582
  ii On land acquisition matters
Operating hours:
SLA Hotline: 1800 323 9829
29 Aug :         10.00am to 8.00pm
30 Aug – 31 Aug            :         8.30am to 8.00pm
1 Sep (Sat)     :         8.30am to 6.00pm
3 Sep - 7 Sep    :         8.30pm to 6.00pm

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