North East MRT line

Mass Rapid Transit line in Singapore

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.[1] This line is coloured purple in the rail map.

North East Line
An unrefurbished C751A train at Punggol MRT station, northeastern terminus of the line
Native nameLaluan MRT Timur Laut
வடக்கு கிழக்கு எம்ஆர்டி வழி
Under planning (Punggol Coast)
OwnerLand Transport Authority
Punggol Coast (2024)
Stations16 (excluding reserved station for NE2)
1 (Under planning)
TypeRapid transit
SystemMass Rapid Transit (Singapore)
Operator(s)SBS Transit (ComfortDelGro)
Rolling stockC751A
Daily ridership579,000 (Q1 2017)
Opened20 June 2003; 21 years ago (2003-06-20)
15 January 2006; 18 years ago (2006-01-15) (Buangkok)
20 June 2011; 13 years ago (2011-06-20) (Woodleigh)
2024; 0 years ago (2024) (Punggol Coast)
Line length20 km (12 mi) (Operational)
1.6 km (0.99 mi) (Under planning)
CharacterFully underground
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification1500V DC Overhead catenary
Operating speedlimit of 90 km/h (56 mph)
Route map

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.[2]


North East MRT Line
  Dhoby Ghaut
 NE1  CC29 
  Marina Bay
 NE3  EW16  TE17 
Outram Park
  Pasir Ris
  Tuas Link  
  Woodlands North
  Sungei Bedok  
 NE4  DT19 
Clarke Quay
Singapore River
 NE6  NS24  CC1 
Dhoby Ghaut
  Marina South Pier
  Jurong East  
  Bukit Panjang  
 NE7  DT12 
Little India
Farrer Park
Boon Keng
Potong Pasir
 NE12  CC13 
  Dhoby Ghaut
Sengkang Depot
West Loop: Fernvale via Renjong  
East Loop:   Bakau via Ranggung
 NE16  STC 
West Loop: Fernvale via Cheng Lim  
East Loop:   Bakau via Compassvale
West Loop: Samudera via Soo Teck  
East Loop   Riviera via Cove
 NE17  PTC 
West Loop: Samudera via Sam Kee  
East Loop:   Riviera via Damai
Station number Station name Image Interchange/notes
 NE1  CC29  HarbourFront   Interchange with the Circle line
 NE2  reserved; under planning Reserve station to be open at a later date
 NE3  EW16  TE17  Outram Park   Interchange with the East West line and the Thomson-East Coast line (2021)
 NE4  DT19  Chinatown   Interchange with the Downtown line
 NE5  Clarke Quay    
 NE6  NS24  CC1  Dhoby Ghaut   Interchange with the North South line and the Circle line
 NE7  DT12  Little India   Interchange with the Downtown line
 NE8  Farrer Park    
 NE9  Boon Keng    
 NE10  Potong Pasir    
 NE11  Woodleigh  
 NE12  CC13  Serangoon   Interchange with the Circle line
 NE13  Kovan    
 NE14  CR8  Hougang   Interchange with the Cross Island line (2029)
 NE15  Buangkok  
 NE16  STC  Sengkang   Interchange with the Sengkang LRT
 NE17  PTC  Punggol   Interchange with the Punggol LRT
North East line extension (under construction, to be ready by 2024)
 NE18  Punggol Coast

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.


  1. Travel Time, SBS Transit
  2. "Singapore Northeast Line" (PDF). Alstom. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2011-04-25.

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