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A DIRECT MRT connection from Changi Airport to Singapore's city centre might be in the works.
Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said on Thursday the government is studying the feasibility of extending the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) farther from its current planned five stages of construction, which are scheduled to open from 2019 to 2024.
Currently, train commuters from the airport would have to switch trains at Tanah Merah MRT Station on the East-West Line to head to the city.
"Such an extension would connect TEL to our future Changi Airport Terminal 5, as well as the existing Changi Airport MRT station serving Terminals 1 to 4. It would provide a direct connection from the airport to the city," he said at the groundbreaking ceremony of the East Coast stretch of TEL in Marine Parade.
The Thomson side of the 43km TEL starts in Woodlands North and heads south, linking Orchard, Outram Park and Marina Bay before heading eastwards to the East Coast stretch.
The government is also exploring linking the Cross Island Line (CRL) to T5 and the new industrial zone serving the airport.
This would have the potential of linking the airport directly to the proposed Singapore terminus of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail.
"Together, these options enable many commuters who use the MRT network to get from all parts of the island to the airport with no more than one transfer," said Mr Khaw.
More details will be announced after completion of the engineering feasibility studies for the TEL and CRL.
Finalised names for the 10 stations on the East Coast stretch of the TEL were also unveiled on Thursday. They are: Tanjong Rhu, Katong Park, Tanjong Katong, Marine Parade, Marine Terrace, Siglap, Bayshore, Bedok South, Sungei Bedok and Xilin.