North East MRT line
The North East MRT Line (NEL) is the third Mass Rapid Transit line in Singapore. The line is 20 km long with 16 stations and operated by SBS Transit. Travelling from one end of this line to the other end takes about half an hour. This line is coloured purple in the rail map.
North East MRT line
|Native name||Laluan MRT Timur Laut|
வடக்கு கிழக்கு எம்ஆர்டி வழி
Under planning (Punggol Coast)
|Owner||Land Transport Authority|
Punggol Coast (2024)
|Stations||16 (excluding reserved station for NE2) |
1 (Under planning)
|System||Mass Rapid Transit (Singapore)|
|Operator(s)||SBS Transit (ComfortDelGro)|
|Daily ridership||579,000 (Q1 2017)|
|Opened||20 June 2003 |
15 January 2006 (Buangkok)
20 June 2011 (Woodleigh)
2024 (Punggol Coast)
|Line length||20 km (12 mi) (Operational)|
1.6 km (0.99 mi) (Under planning)
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Electrification||1500V DC Overhead catenary|
|Operating speed||limit of 90 km/h (56 mph)|
The line joins central Singapore to the north-eastern part of the island. Transfer to the North South Line is done at Dhoby Ghaut station, East West Line at Outram Park station, Circle Line at Serangoon and Dhoby Ghaut and Downtown MRT Line at Chinatown and Little India stations.
This line is the first MRT line in Singapore to be completely underground (running in a tunnel all the way between HarbourFront and Punggol). It is also the first (and so far, the only) line where trains get their power from overhead wires above the track, instead of a third rail beside the track.
All the trains on the North East Line are automated (computer-controlled) and do not have an operator driving the train at the front. It is one of the world's first rapid transit lines that does not need drivers and is one of three such lines in the MRT network today. The others are the Circle Line and the Downtown Line.
North East MRT Line
|Station number||Station name||Image||Interchange/notes|
|HarbourFront||Interchange with the Circle line|
|reserved; under planning||Reserve station to be open at a later date|
|Outram Park||Interchange with the East West line and the Thomson-East Coast line (2021)|
|Chinatown||Interchange with the Downtown line|
|Dhoby Ghaut||Interchange with the North South line and the Circle line|
|Little India||Interchange with the Downtown line|
|Serangoon||Interchange with the Circle line|
|Hougang||Interchange with the Cross Island line (2029)|
|Sengkang||Interchange with the Sengkang LRT|
|Punggol||Interchange with the Punggol LRT|
|North East line extension (under construction, to be ready by 2024)|
The Land Transport Authority has announced that it will extend the North East Line from its current northern terminal at Punggol to a new station called Punggol Coast. Construction will begin in 2018, and it is expected to open in 2023.