Downtown Line

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Downtown Line
நகர வரி
DTL Map.png
It is coloured blue on system maps.
Type Rapid transit
System Mass Rapid Transit (Singapore)
Status Partially Operational / Under Construction
Termini Bukit Panjang
Sungei Bedok
Stations 37 (31 U/C)
Services 1
Opened 22 December 2013
Owner Land Transport Authority
Operator(s)  SBS Transit 
Rolling stock C951
Line length 44.2 km
Track gauge 1,435 mm (Standard gauge)
Electrification 1500V DC Overhead catenary

The Downtown Line (DTL) will be the fifth MRT line in Singapore. When fully completed, the line will be 44.2 km long with 37 stations, and is operated by SBS Transit. When completed, traveling from one end of this line to the other end takes about one hour, and this line is coloured blue on the rail map.

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



Stage 1 (former Downtown Extension)

On 14 June 2005, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced that it would construct the then Downtown Extension of the Circle Line, to serve the Downtown at Marina Bay (DTMB) area, where an integrated resort and Singapore's second botanical garden will be located. The 3.4 km fully underground line was estimated to cost S$1.4 billion. Construction of the extension was slated to begin in 2007, with completion by 2012.

On 27 April 2007, it was announced that Stage 1 of the line will connect Promenade Station with Bugis Station.(1) As such, the former Downtown Extension of the Circle Line became known as the Downtown Line Stage 1, a 4.3 km 6 station segment running fully underground from Chinatown on the North East Line to Bugis on the East West Line, now opened in 22 December 2013.

Stage 2 (former Bukit Timah Line)

In its preliminary plans, it was called the Bukit Timah Line, supposedly a 20 km line that would connect the new downtown with the Bukit Panjang, Upper Bukit Timah and the Bukit Timah corridor. It was to intersect the Circle Line and all other current lines along the way. It was expected to alleviate the heavy traffic along Bukit Timah, Dunearn Road and Upper Bukit Timah after completion. Provisions were made at Promenade Station which would have been the line's southern interchange with the Circle Line. After finalising, it will be 16.6 km 12 stations segment running fully underground from Bukit Panjang on the Bukit Panjang LRT to Bugis on the East West Line, due to be operational in the first quarter of 2016.

A new MRT depot, the Gali Batu Depot, will be built at part of the Kwong Hou Sua Teochew Cemetery off Woodlands Road.(2)

Stage 3

In its preliminary plans, it was part of the Eastern Region Line, a 40 km rectangular loop that complemented the existing East West Line and enhance inter- and intra-town travelling in the eastern region. It would have looped around the Jalan Besar and East Coast areas, intersecting the Circle Line and other current lines along the way, benefiting residents in the east.

The Eastern Region Line was repeatedly delayed and still under planning. Stage 3 of the Downtown line will be 21-kilometre (13 mi) long and serve 16 stations. 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.[1]

In January 2013, plans for a southern extension which will run from Expo through the East Coast area, interchanging with the Eastern Region Line were announced for completion by 2025.[2]

Downtown Line 3 Extension

The Downtown Line 3 Extension was announced on 15 August 2014, in conjunction with the announcement of the Thomson-East Coast Line.[3] Two stations, Xilin Station and Sungei Bedok Station will be added to the Downtown Line, with Sungei Bedok as an interchange station with the Thomson-East Coast Line, adding an additional 2.2km with the extension. Due in 2024, Stage 3 will join the current East West Line and future Thomson-East Coast lines that runs through the stretch of Marine Parade.[4]


Downtown Line

Station Name Abbreviation Working names Notes
Downtown Line
 DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang BPJ Petir U/C
Terminus, Future Interchange with Bukit Panjang LRT
 DT2  Cashew Cashew U/C
 DT3  Hillview Hillview U/C
 DT4  (Future Station at Hume Avenue)
 DT5  Beauty World Beauty World U/C
 DT6  King Albert Park Blackmore U/C
 DT7  Sixth Avenue Sixth Avenue U/C
 DT8  Tan Kah Kee Duchess U/C
 DT9  CC19  Botanic Gardens BTN Botanic Gardens U/C
Future Interchange with Circle Line
 DT10  TS11  Stevens Stevens U/C
Future Interchange with Thomson Line
 DT11  NS21  Newton NEW Newton U/C
Future Interchange with North South Line
 DT12  NE7  Little India LTI Little India U/C
Future Interchange with North East Line
 DT13  Rochor Rochor U/C
 DT14  EW12  Bugis BGS Bugis Interchange with East West Line
 DT15  CC4  Promenade PMN Promenade Interchange with Circle Line
 DT16  CE1  Bayfront BFT Bayfront Interchange with Circle Line
 DT17  Downtown Landmark
 DT18  Telok Ayer Cross Street
 DT19  NE4  Chinatown CNT Chinatown Interchange with North East Line
 DT20  Fort Canning River Valley U/C
 DT21  Bencoolen Bencoolen U/C
 DT22  Jalan Besar Sungei Road U/C
 DT23  Bendemeer Jalan Besar U/C
 DT24  Geylang Bahru Kallang Bahru U/C
 DT25  Mattar Mattar U/C
 DT26  CC10  MacPherson MPS MacPherson U/C
Future Interchange with Circle Line
 DT27  Ubi Ubi U/C
 DT28  Kaki Bukit Kaki Bukit U/C
 DT29  Bedok North Bedok Town Park U/C
 DT30  Bedok Reservoir Bedok Reservoir U/C
 DT31  Tampines West Tampines West U/C
 DT32  EW2  Tampines TAM Tampines U/C
Future Interchange with East West Line
 DT33  Tampines East Tampines East U/C
 DT34  Upper Changi Upper Changi U/C
 DT35  CG1  Expo XPO Expo U/C
Future Interchange with East West Line
 DT36  Xilin U/C
 DT37  TS31  Sungei Bedok U/C
Terminus, Future Interchange with Thomson Line

Rolling stock

The rolling stock consists of Bombardier MOVIA C951, running in three-car formation. They will be stabled at Gali Batu Depot and Kim Chuan Depot.

A maintenance facility will also be built adjacent to the Circle Line Marina Bay station to stable the Downtown Line rolling stock when Stage 1 opens.


  1. Downtown Line 3 Station Names Announced
  2. TWO NEW RAIL LINES AND THREE NEW EXTENSIONS TO EXPAND RAIL NETWORK BY 2030". Land Transport Authority. January 17, 2013
  3. "Thomson-East Coast Line, connecting North and East, ready by 2024". Saifulbahri Ismail, Channel NewsAsia. 15 August 2014
  4. "Downtown Line 3 Extension" Land Transport Authority. 15 August 2014

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Mass Rapid Transit ViewTalkEdit
Overview History (Nicoll Highway collapse2011 Singapore 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 ViewTalkEdit
Bukit PanjangCashewHillviewBeauty WorldKing Albert ParkSixth AvenueTan Kah KeeBotanic GardensStevensNewtonLittle IndiaRochorBugisPromenadeBayfrontDowntownTelok AyerChinatownFort CanningBencoolenJalan BesarBendemeerGeylang BahruMattarMacPhersonUbiKaki BukitBedok NorthBedok ReservoirTampines WestTampinesTampines EastUpper ChangiExpoXilinSungei Bedok