Singapore’s 5th Massive Transit line is the DTL, or Downtown Line saw the opening of this +E192 2.7 mile (4.3 km) line’s 1st Stage back in December 22nd, of 2013. The 2nd and 3rd stages are set to be ready for 2016 and 2017 respectively. The line will bring together the Central-Eastern and North-Western areas to Singapore’s new downtown area.
Downtown Line interchanges:
Chinatown’s North East Line
Bugis’s East West Line
Circle Line situation at Promenade and Bayfront.
Upcoming planned extensions:
Little India’s North East Line
Newton’s North South Line, Tampine and Expo’s East West Line
Circle Line situated at Botanic Gardens and MacPherson
Botanique at Bartley Singapore
DTL is Singapore’s 3rd line to be wholly underground, aside from the depot at Gali Batu. Once the line has been fully completed it will run around 27 miles (44 km) long and offer 37 stations for servicing over half a million commuters per day for Botanique at Bartley UOL. This will also be Singapore’s longest, and driverless, rapid transit line, exceeding the Circle Line’s record. The journey from one end of the line to the other will take close to 70 minutes. On the rail map the line will be coloured blue for Botanique at Bartley.
The Downtown Extension for the Circle Line was announced by the Land Transport Authority on the 14th of June in 2005 slated for serving Marina Bay’s downtown, which was to host the integrated Marina Bay Sands resort along with the 2nd Botanical garden in Singapore, Gardens by the Bay. The solely underground line, which runs 3.4 km, had an estimated cost of $1.4 billion. January of 2008 saw the beginning of the extensions construction. In order to facilitate the interchange station during construction for Chinatown’s North East Line, provisional platforms were created.
Botanique at Singapore UOL Condo
The Botanique at Bartley conception and announcement of the 2nd Stage of the Downtown Line was referred to as the Bukit Timah Line. This was to be a 20 km line meant to connect the new downtown area to the corridor of Upper Bukit Timah, Bukit Panjang and Bukit Tomah to lighten the sectors heavy traffic. However, there was the release of a full route. Provisions were made at the station of Nicoll Highway, meaning the line would have ended at that point to interchange with the Circle Line. The Nicoll Highway collapsed however, and the older station was considered unfit to use or undergo any feasible works. Due to this, Circle Line’s former Downtown Extension was reworked and assimilated into the Downtown Line as part of the 1st Stage, giving a 6 station 2.7 miles (4.3km) section connecting Bugis stations to Chinatown
Singapore UOL Condo Singapore
Presently the line runs 10.3 miles (16.6km) long and has 12 stations, 3 of which are interchange stations. The line is scheduled for completion by 2016’s 1st Quarter. The 3rd of July 2009 saw the start of construction for the 2nd Stage with Beauty World Station hosting a ground breaking ceremony.