Downtown Line 3 Will Be Opening On 21 Oct 2017. Here Are 6 Facts You Need To Know.


Calling out all Train Otakus and those living in the more ulu areas of Singapore! The Downtown Line 3 will officially open on 21 October 2017, and we honestly can’t wait to see what it brings – other than the fact that we can finally travel from Tampines to MacPherson without having to change MRT a few thousand times. Yay! 

1. It will be double the length of the current DownTown Line

The new additions will stretch the new Downtown Line to 42km long, adding 16 new stations to the new downtown line.

2. The new stations stretch all the way to Sungei Bedok

Some of the latest additions of the train stations include Geylang Bahru, MacPherson , Ubi, Bedok North and Upper Changi. Westies, now you can get to eat Changi’s Nasi Lemak without spending half a day to travel to it! 

3. New interchanges as stations will be in place

There will be a new train interchange with the Circle Line at MacPherson and interchanges at Tampines and Expo with the East-West Line. Travelling times will be cut short by half the time!

4. The interiors of these new MRT stations will look damn atas

Like, super atas.

Bedok North Station

Kaki Bukit Station

Ubi Station

5. The biggest challenge building the Downtown line was the Singapore River

Building the Downtown Line was no easy feat. The biggest challenge they faced was having to divert the Singapore River twice when they built tunnels linking from Fort Canning to the Bencoolen station.

6. The ventilation shafts and cooling tower are ‘invisible’

In a Facebook post by Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, he addressed the new stations added to the Downtown Line and commented that they managed incorporate new technologies when building the new Downtown line.

In this case, the ventilation shafts and cooling towers are now ‘invisible’ as they are integrated into the design of the buildings, making it more aesthetically pleasing. 

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