By 2031, residents in Punggol can get to Pasir Ris in just 20 minutes via MRT.
The construction of a new 7.3km Cross Island Line (CRL) extension that connects Pasir Ris and Punggol is expected to reduce travel time between the two towns to 20 minutes from 40 to 45 minutes currently by bus.
Slated to commence construction in 2022 and completed by 2031, the new extension line will have four stations – namely, Punggol, Riviera, Elias and Pasir Ris – three of which will serve as interchanges with other lines, reported CNA.
Punggol and Pasir Ris will both be interchange stations, with the former connected to the North-East Line, while the latter will connect to the East-West line and the upcoming first phase of the CRL, which will be completed by 2029.
Meanwhile, the Riviera interchange station will link to the eastern loop of the Punggol LRT line.
The Elias station, on the other hand, will be situated along Pasir Ris Drive 3, serving residents within the area and workers from nearby industrial development at Pasir Ris Drive 12.
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The Punggol extension’s gazetting was another step to the completion of the Cross Island Line, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Janil Puthucheary, who also serves as Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC. Once completed, it will be the longest fully underground MRT line of Singapore at 50km.
And with Punggol and Pasir Ris being “geographically quite close to each to each other”, the shorter commute between the towns due to the line extension would “bring a lot of convenience” to residents, noted Senior Parliamentary Secretary Sun Xueling.
In fact, over 40,000 households living near the station are expected to benefit from the new extension, revealed Dr Janil.
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