Fully underground, automated and driverless, the Thomson – East Coast Line MRT is targeted to be operational by 2018. It stretches approximately 30km, from Woodlands in the north of Singapore, through the Thomson corridor and Central Business District, and to Marina Bay in the south of the island. It will interchange with the existing Circle Line, East West Line, and the Downtown Line, which are currently under construction, and will include provision for connections to future lines.
This line will serve areas currently without direct access to the MRT system, and is also expected to relieve pressure on the existing North South Line. The design of the line is being undertaken through multiple interfacing architecture and engineering consultancy packages for implementation through building contracts. DPA, together with our engineering partner, TY Lin, was awarded the largest of these contracts in early 2011. DPA’s scope comprises the design of eight stations along a route length of approximately 14.5km, and includes two interchange stations. Station layouts follow a twin concourse concept, maximizing reach into catchment areas and optimizing commuter convenience.
The column-free, multi-level design of the train halls provides visual orientation and ease of use for passengers. The design also exploits differences in configuration, finishes and detailing to lend a unique identity to each station. Several stations are designed for integration with future property developments, in line with the projected intensification of land use along the alignment corridor.