Residents in Bukit Panjang and the surrounding areas will have more travel options to other parts of Singapore when the Downtown Line 2 (DTL2) opens this December, ahead of the original Q1 2016 timeframe, revealed Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew in a Facebook post on Sunday.
Construction work on Stage 2 of the project commenced in July 2009, but was expected to be delayed after Alpine Bau, the main contractor for three stations, went bust in 2013.
The 16.6km long DTL2 comprises one depot and 12 stations, including four interchange stations at Little India, Newton, Botanic Gardens and Bukit Panjang.
Schools in the Bukit Timah area, as well as businesses at malls like Coronation Plaza, Railway Mall and Bukit Panjang Plaza are expected to benefit from the new MRT line, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in a Facebook update.
Eateries along Sixth Avenue and Beauty World Centre will also become more accessible, LTA added.
Meanwhile, Stage 3 of the DTL is on track to open in 2017. Once completed, the entire line will connect the north-western and central-eastern regions to the new downtown.
Image source: LTA