Jurong MRT line may join Circle Line
IN WHAT may be his last public announcement, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said yesterday that the planned Jurong Region Line - a medium-capacity MRT line serving the west - could be extended southwards to join the Circle Line at Haw Par Villa Station.
Mr Lui, who is leaving politics after the General Election, said the new 20km line - with some 16 stations - will also stop at the North-South Line's Choa Chu Kang Station and at Jurong East to link up with the planned Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail terminus, the future Cross Island Line and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
He said the Jurong Region Line is undergoing engineering studies. The line is estimated to be ready by 2025, while the extension - if found to be feasible - will be completed by 2030.
Mr Lui said the new line will serve areas like Choa Chu Kang, Jurong East, Jurong West, the new Tengah town, Boon Lay as well as NTU.
Its so-called West Coast Extension, roughly 7km long, "will allow those who use the Jurong Region Line a direct connection into the new downtown, Marina Bay and the area around it", he added.
"Those living in the western area will have two avenues to get into the Central Business District: along the existing East-West Line to City Hall, and also using the Jurong Region Line connecting to the Circle Line into the downtown area," Mr Lui said.
This will be possible when the final stage of the Circle Line - a 4km stretch linking HarbourFront Station to Marina Bay Station, forming a complete circle - is completed by 2025.