East West MRT Line

The East West Line is coloured green on system maps.
Type Rapid transit
System Mass Rapid Transit (Singapore)
Status Operational
Termini Pasir Ris
Joo Koon
Changi Airport
Tanah Merah
Stations 35
Services 2
Opened 12 December 1987
Owner Land Transport Authority
Operator(s) SMRT Trains
Rolling stock C151, C151A, C651, C751B
Line length 49.2 km (30.6 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) Standard gauge
Electrification Third rail

The East West Line (EWL) was the 2nd Mass Rapid Transit line in Singapore. The line is currently 49.2 km long with 35 stations (4 to be constructed by 2016), making it the longest MRT line in Singapore. It takes about 63 minutes to travel from one end to the other. The line is coloured green on MRT system maps and is operated by SMRT Corporation.

As the name implies, the line connects central Singapore to both western and eastern parts of the island, with an additional branch to Changi Airport from Tanah Merah. Cross-platform transfer to the North South Line is provided at Jurong East, City Hall and Raffles Place stations while transfer to the North East Line at Outram Park station is possible via a linkway. For Circle Line at Paya Lebar and Buona Vista via a underpass and linkway. The future Downtown Line will interchange with the East West Line at Bugis, Tampines and Expo.



Initial system

2nd phase of development

Future Extensions

The East West Line Tuas West Extension is a fully elevated 8 kilometre westward extension from Joo Koon Station and comprises 4 stations and a depot near the Tuas Checkpoint. The easternmost station along this extension will serve as an interchange station for the future Tuas South Extension. This interchange station will have 2 island platforms and 4 tracks. The extension will commence passenger service by 2016.

The East West Line Tuas South Extension is a fully elevated 6 kilometre southward extension from the easternmost station along the Tuas West Extension and comprises 2 stations. This extension will be built by 2025.


Station Number Station Name Interchange/Notes
EW1 Pasir Ris
EW2 / DT32 Tampines Downtown Line (future)
EW3 Simei
EW4 Tanah Merah East West Line (Changi Airport Extension); cross-platform transfer available between Changi Airport-bound and both Pasir Ris-bound and Joo Koon-bound trains
Platform A - Pasir Ris-bound
Platform B - Joo Koon-bound
Platform C/D (Middle Platform) - Changi Airport-bound
EW5 Bedok
EW6 Kembangan
EW7 Eunos
EW8 / CC9 Paya Lebar Circle Line
EW9 Aljunied Terminal of East West Line Lunch Time Xpress train service
EW10 Kallang
EW11 Lavender
EW12 / DT14 Bugis Downtown Line (under construction)
EW13 / NS25 City Hall North South Line; cross-platform transfer available between Pasir Ris-bound and Marina Bay-bound trains, and between Joo Koon-bound and Jurong East-bound trains
EW14 / NS26 Raffles Place North South Line; cross-platform transfer available between Pasir Ris-bound and Jurong East-bound trains, and between Joo Koon-bound and Marina Bay-bound trains
EW15 Tanjong Pagar
EW16 / NE3 Outram Park North East Line
Terminal of East West Line Lunch Time Xpress train service
EW17 Tiong Bahru
EW18 Redhill
EW19 Queenstown
EW20 Commonwealth
EW21 / CC22 Buona Vista Circle Line
EW22 Dover
EW23 Clementi
EW24 / NS1 Jurong East North South Line; cross-platform transfer available between Marina Bay-bound and both Pasir Ris-bound and Joo Koon-bound trains
Platform A , D/E - Marina Bay-bound
Platform B/C - Pasir Ris-bound
Platform F - Joo Koon-bound
Platform A and B only open during weekdays morning peak hours from 7am-9am
EW25 Chinese Garden
EW26 Lakeside
EW27 Boon Lay
EW28 Pioneer
EW29 Joo Koon
EW30 Tuas Under planning
EW31 Tuas Crescent Under planning
EW32 Tuas West Under planning
EW33 Tuas Link Under planning

Changi Airport Extension

Station Number Station Name Interchange
EW4 Tanah Merah Interchange; cross-platform transfer available between Changi Airport-bound and both Pasir Ris-bound and Joo Koon-bound trains
Platform C/D (Middle Platform) - Changi Airport-bound
Platform A - Pasir Ris-bound
Platform B - Joo Koon-bound
CG1/DT35 Expo Downtown Line (future)
Platform A - Changi Airport-bound
Platform B - Tanah Merah-bound
CG2 Changi Airport Platform A/B - Tanah Merah-bound

Note: SMRT had used to operate the branch sector of Tanah Merah to Changi Airport as a through line from Boon Lay (Boon Lay - Changi Airport via Tanah Merah, Joo Koon was not built at that time) since the opening of Changi Airport station on 2002 until July 22, 2003. This was due to low demand on Expo and Changi Airport that made SMRT revert this sector as shuttle service.[1] Similar to the through service, the interval of trains remained as 12 minutes per train.

Rolling stock

Four batches of rolling stock are in service on the line, i.e. the Kawasaki Heavy Industries C151, the Siemens C651, Kawasaki Heavy Industries & Nippon Sharyo C751B and the Kawasaki Heavy Industries C151A. These trains operate from the two depots along the East West Line, the Ulu Pandan Depot near Jurong East MRT Station and the Changi Depot after Tanah Merah MRT Station. Some trains come from the North South Line when they cross the tracks at Jurong East to head to Pasir Ris via the East West Line on the early morning of weekdays. Currently, there are 10 Kawasaki Heavy Industries C151A in service as of October 2011 and 12 more will be in service by December 2011.

Short Trip Services

Short trip services operate during weekday lunchtime periods between Outram Park and Aljunied to cater to greater demand on this stretch. The service is from 12pm - 2pm. [2]


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