Train enthusiasts (we know there are some out there), Nov. 13 might just be the date you are waiting for. The Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 3 (TEL3) will officially open for passenger service on that day – but you can also get an earlier sneak preview.
Commuters can travel free and explore the TEL3 stations on Nov. 11 at an open house event. There will also be a series of activities to commemorate the opening of TEL3.
The TEL3 line comprise of 11 stations and spans 13.2km. These include Stevens, Napier, Orchard Boulevard, Orchard, Great World, Havelock, Outram Park, Maxwell, Shenton Way, Marina Bay and Gardens by the Bay.
Photographer Darren Soh shared his snaps of the Gardens by the Bay station on his Instagram account yesterday. He wrote on a post he felt that the station itself will be quite iconic, ‘not just because of its location but also its clamshell design.”
“Probably drawing influences from the double domes of the Gardens, the station is designed by @aedas_architects and features a double green wall on its interior leading up from concourse to ground level,” he added.
The Gardens by the Bay Station will serve those who wish to visit the Gardens and Marina Barrage areas – both had been unlinked by rail connectivity and notoriously hard to get to via public transport.
Stages 1 through 2 have already been in operation and with TEL3 opening, it will allow easier travel from Woodlands North to Gardens by the Bay.
Stages 4 and 5 will see stations like Bayshore, Siglap and Marine Parade open by 2025.
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