Downtown Line

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Downtown Line
டவுன்டவுன் வரி
DTL Map.png
It is coloured blue on system maps.
Type Rapid transit
System Mass Rapid Transit
Status Operational (Stage 1)
Under Testing(Stage 2)
Under Construction (Stage 3)
Under Planning (DTL Extension)
Termini Bukit Panjang
Sungei Bedok
Stations 36
Services 1
Opened 22 December 2013
Owner Land Transport Authority
Operator(s)  SBS Transit 
Rolling stock Bombardier MOVIA C951
Line length 44.1 km
Track gauge 1,435 mm standard gauge
Electrification 750V DC Third rail

Downtown Line (DTL) is the fifth Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line and it is coloured Blue. Traveling from one end to the other will takes about 70 minutes. The line will be 44.1 km long with 36 stations when completed and it is fully underground and automated.

As the name implies, the line connects both north-western and eastern part of the island to central Singapore.



Initial System
22 December 2013 Bugis - Chinatown

Stage 1 (former Downtown Extension)

On 14 June 2005, Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced the Downtown Extension of the Circle Line to serve the Downtown at Marina Bay area, where an integrated resort (Marina Bay Sands) and Singapore's second botanical garden (Gardens by the Bay) was to be located. The 3.4-kilometre fully underground line was estimated to cost S$1.4 billion. Construction of the extension began in January 2008.

The former Downtown Extension of the Circle Line was subsequently assimilated into the Downtown Line and was revamped as part of Stage 1, a 4.3km, 6 station segment connecting Chinatown to Bugis stations which opened in 22 December 2013.[1]

Stage 2 (former Bukit Timah Line)

Bukit Timah Line was supposedly a 20 km line that would connect the new downtown with the Bukit Panjang, Upper Bukit Timah and Bukit Timah corridor, alleviating the heavy traffic travelling along the sector, but a full route was released. Provisions were provided at Nicoll Highway station which would have seen the line terminating there and interchanging with the Circle Line.[2] However, the Nicoll Highway collapse and subsequent feasibility works deemed the old station unusable.[3]

Now 16.6km long and consisting of 12 stations[1] is scheduled to be completed by 2016.[4][5] Construction for Stage 2 began on 3 July 2009 with a groundbreaking ceremony at Beauty World Station.[6][7]

A new depot, the Gali Batu Depot, is under construction off Woodlands Road to serve the line.[8]

On 24 June 2013, work stopped on the King Albert Park, Sixth Avenue and Tan Kah Kee stations, after Alpine Bau GmbH, the previous main contractor, filed for insolvency on June 19.[9] McConnell Dowell South East Asia (SEA) Private Limited and SK E&C (Singapore) was subsequently contracted to complete the work on the three stations. As a result of the delay, the completion of Downtown Line Stage 2 has been pushed back from December 2015 to the middle of 2016.[10] Subsequently, it was announced that Stage 2 will open in the first quarter of 2016.[11]

Stage 3 (former Eastern Region Line)

Stage 3 of the Downtown Line comprises the northern segment of the original Eastern Region Line announced in 2001, a 40-kilometre rectangular loop that would have looped around the Jalan Besar and East Coast areas, intersecting the Circle Line and other current lines along the way and passing through Tampines, Bedok, Marine Parade, MacPherson and Kaki Bukit. On 25 January 2008, it was announced that the northern segment of the original plan from Chinatown to Expo passing through the Jalan Besar area have been merged with the Downtown Line and their station locations and working names for Stage 3 were officially announced on 20 August 2010.[12] It will be 21km long and serve 16 stations.[1] In order to accommodate the construction of an additional station at Jalan Besar, the completion of the segment was pushed to 2017. The finalized names for the Stage 3 stations were announced on 19 August 2011.[13]

Downtown Line Extension

Downtown Line Extension was announced on 15 August 2014, in conjunction with the announcement of the Thomson-East Coast Line.[14] Two stations, Xilin and Sungei Bedok will be added to the Downtown Line, with Sungei Bedok as an interchange station with the Thomson-East Coast Line. It will add an additional 2.2 km to the line with the extension.[14]


Downtown Line

Station Name Working names Notes
Downtown Line
Stage 2 (Opening 2016)
Bukit Panjang Petir Terminus
Interchange with Bukit Panjang LRT
Cashew Cashew
Hillview Hillview
Future Station at Hume Avenue
Beauty World Beauty World
King Albert Park Blackmore
Sixth Avenue Sixth Avenue
Tan Kah Kee Duchess
Botanic Gardens Botanic Gardens Interchange with Circle Line
Stevens Stevens Future Interchange with Thomson-East Coast Line
Newton Newton Interchange with North South Line
Little India Little India Interchange with North East Line
Rochor Rochor
Stage 1 (Opened)
Bugis Bugis Interchange with East West Line
Promenade Promenade Interchange with Circle Line
Bayfront Bayfront Interchange with Circle Line
Downtown Landmark
Telok Ayer Cross Street
Chinatown Chinatown Interchange with North East Line
Stage 3 (Opening 2017)
Fort Canning River Valley
Bencoolen Bencoolen
Jalan Besar Sungei Road
Bendemeer Jalan Besar
Geylang Bahru Kallang Bahru
Mattar Mattar
MacPherson MacPherson Interchange with Circle Line
Ubi Ubi
Kaki Bukit Kaki Bukit
Bedok North Bedok Town Park
Bedok Reservoir Bedok Reservoir
Tampines West Tampines West
Tampines Tampines Interchange with East West Line
Tampines East Tampines East
Upper Changi Upper Changi
Expo Expo Interchange with East West Line
Downtown Line Extension (Opening 2024)
Sungei Bedok Terminus
Interchange with Thomson-East Coast Line

Rolling stock

The rolling stock consists of Bombardier MOVIA C951 trains[15], running in three-car formation. These trains operate from Gali Batu Depot near Bukit Panjang Station. As Downtown Line Stage 2 had not opened, trains will be stabled at a maintenance facility that was built at Marina Bay for the time being. The upcoming Gali Batu Depot has maintenance and train overhaul facilities for trains along the Downtown Line.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Projects - Downtown Line - Stages". Land Transport Authority (17 December 2013). Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  2. "Circle Line Linking All Lines". Land Transport Authority (24 January 2014). The Straits Times p. 50
  3. "Govt approves S$12b MRT Downtown Line to be built by 2018". ChannelNewsAsia. Retrieved 27 April 2007.
  4. "Groundwork begins for new MRT lines". Christopher Tan (The Straits Times, 13 March 2006).
  5. "LTA unveils locations of DTL stage 2 stations". Christopher Tan (The Straits Times). Retrieved 15 July 2008.
  6. "Work on MRT Downtown Line Phase 2 Starts". Tyler Thia (Channel NewsAsia). Retrieved 3 July 2009.
  7. "Thumbs Up For Downtown Line's Earlier Opening". The Straits Times.
  8. "Downtown Line depot to be located off Woodlands Road". Margaret Perry (Channel NewsAsia) Retrieved 26 February 2008.
  9. "Work on three DTL2 stations delayed". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  10. "Stage 2 of Downtown Line to be ready in mid-2016 instead of Dec 2015". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  11. "Stage 2 of Downtown Line to open in first quarter 2016". TODAYonline. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  12. "Downtown Line 3 Station Locations Unveiled". Land Transport Authority. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  13. "Downtown Line 3 Station Names Announced". The Straits Time. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Thomson-East Coast Line, connecting North and East, ready by 2024". Saifulbahri Ismail (Channel NewsAsia). Retrieved 15 August 2014
  15. "LTA Awards 6 Downtown Line Contracts Totalling $1.13 Billion". Land Transport Authority
Mass Rapid Transit ViewTalkEdit
Overview History (Nicoll Highway collapse2011 MRT disruptions) • StationsFares and ticketingFacilities (STARIS) • SafetySecurity (Public Transport Security Command)
Lines Current North South LineEast West LineNorth East LineCircle LineDowntown Line
Under Construction Thomson-East Coast Line
Future Jurong Region LineCross Island Line
Defunct Branch Line
Rolling Stocks Current Kawasaki Heavy Industries C151Siemens C651Kawasaki Heavy Industries & Nippon Sharyo C751BAlstom Metropolis C751AAlstom Metropolis C830Kawasaki Heavy Industries & CSR Qingdao Sifang C151ABombardier MOVIA C951
Future Alstom Metropolis C751CAlstom Metropolis C830CKawasaki Heavy Industries & CSR Qingdao Sifang C151BKawasaki Heavy Industries & CSR Qingdao Sifang CT251
Depots Current BishanChangiKim ChuanSengkangUlu Pandan
Under Construction Gali BatuTuasMandai
Companies SBS TransitSMRT Corporation (SMRT Trains)
Railway Lines in Singapore ViewTalkEdit
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) North South LineEast West LineNorth East LineCircle LineDowntown LineThomson-East Coast LineJurong Region LineCross Island Line
Light Rail Transit (LRT) Bukit Panjang LRTSengkang LRTPunggol LRT
Other lines Changi Airport Skytrain (CAAS) • Sentosa Express (SDC)
Defunct lines Sentosa Monorail (SDC)
Downtown Line [ VTE ]
Bukit PanjangCashewHillviewBeauty WorldKing Albert ParkSixth AvenueTan Kah KeeBotanic GardensStevensNewtonLittle IndiaRochorBugisPromenadeBayfrontDowntownTelok AyerChinatownFort CanningBencoolenJalan BesarBendemeerGeylang BahruMattarMacPhersonUbiKaki BukitBedok NorthBedok ReservoirTampines WestTampinesTampines EastUpper ChangiExpoXilinSungei Bedok