|North East MRT Line
东北地铁线 வடக்கு கிழக்கு எம்ஆர்டி வழி
The North East Line is coloured purple on system maps.
|System||Mass Rapid Transit (Singapore)|
|Opened||20 June 2003 (except Woodleigh and Buangkok)15 January 2006 (Buangkok)20 June 2011 (Woodleigh)|
|Owner||Land Transport Authority|
|Rolling stock||Alstom Metropolis C751A|
|Line length||20 km (12 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)Standard gauge|
The North East MRT Line (NEL) is the third Mass Rapid Transit line in Singapore and the world's second longest fully underground, automated and driverless, rapid transit line after Singapore'sCircle MRT Line. The line is 20 km long with 16 stations and operated by SBS Transit. Travelling from one end of this line to the other end takes 32 minutes. This line is coloured purple in the rail map.
As the name implies, the line connects central Singapore to the north-eastern part of the island. Transfer to the North South Line is provided at Dhoby Ghaut station, East West Line at Outram Park station and Circle Line at Serangoon, Dhoby Ghaut and HarbourFront stations. The future Downtown Line will interchange with the North East Line at Chinatown and Little India stations. This line is the first in Singapore to be entirely underground.
The North East Line is the first line in Singapore to have artwork integrated into all its 16 stations under the Art in Transit programme. Other than the Art in Transit programme, the interior architecture for the stations are typical of the design of the early 2000s with lots of white, glass and steel.This kind of design can be seen in other subway stations built during this period like theShenzhen Metro and Hong Kong MTR's Tseung Kwan O line.
Presently, trains operate at two-minute frequencies during peak hours, five-minute frequencies during mid-day service and six-minute frequencies in the early morning and night times.
Buangkok MRT Station exteriorThe Land Transport Authority received approval for the construction of the North East Line on 16 January 1996. French company Alstom was chosen as the main contractor and manager of the project. The operating license was given to new rail operator SBS Transit in order to foster competition with SMRT Corporation.
In the initial stages of planning, Outram Park Station was initially planned to be the southern terminus of the North East Line. However, in 1993, the Land Transport Authority decided to extend the line southwards to HarbourFront MRT Station, after noting that many people liked to go to the World Trade Centre (the present day HarbourFront Centre).
The line was scheduled for completion in 2002, but due to various problems in the automation, the opening was repeatedly delayed. It was finally opened on 20 June 2003, with higher fares than existing lines supposedly to compensate for the heavy construction costs (S$4.6 billion).
At the time that the line was opened, all of the stations were operating except Buangkok and Woodleigh. SBS Transit announced that these would open only when there was a critical mass of passengers in those areas. With respect to Buangkok, which had already been fully built, the company claimed that the projected number of passengers was too low to cover operating costs. Constant public pressure, notably the "White Elephant" incident and subsequent media attention, forced it to review the situation and the station duly opened on 15 January 2006. As expected, Buangkok station's first-week ridership was the lowest on the NEL and does not cover operating costs. The last station on the line, Woodleigh, opened on 20 June 2011 in anticipation of a American International School which is under construction in the vicinity of the station that is slated to open in 2012.
|Station Number||Station Name||Interchange|
|NE1 / CC29||HarbourFront||Circle Line|
|NE3 / EW16||Outram Park||East West Line|
|NE4 / DT19||Chinatown||Downtown Line (U/C)|
|NE6 / NS24 / CC1||Dhoby Ghaut||North South Line, Circle Line|
|NE7 / DT12||Little India||Downtown Line (U/C)|
|NE12 / CC13||Serangoon||Circle Line|
|NE16 / STC||Sengkang||Sengkang LRT|
|NE17 / PTC||Punggol||Punggol LRT|
Since the North East Line is part of SBS Transit, it has its own trains. The train use is an Alston C751A Metropolis train.