The Cross Island Line (CRL) is Singapore’s 8th MRT line, stretching from Changi to Jurong. Phase 1 of the Cross Island Line has been announced. It will cover 29km and have 12 stations, starting from Aviation Park in Changi to Bright Hill in Sin Ming. From there the line is planned to extend to Bukit Timah, Clementi, West Coast and finally Jurong Industrial Estate.
The CRL will be an important part of our MRT network – providing a faster commute between the east and the west. It will connect all of our existing radial MRT lines with close to half of the CRL stations being interchange stations. Besides relieving the load on several of the existing MRT lines, the CRL will also provide commuters with many more travel routes to get to their destinations, bring about greater comfort to commuters and shorten journey times.
For instance, a commuter travelling from Ang Mo Kio can reach almost any part of Singapore using public transport within less than one hour, saving up to 30 to 40 minutes of travel time. Residents in Punggol will be able to travel directly to Pasir Ris – a popular travel route – in only 10 to 15 minutes, as compared to a 40-minute bus journey today.
Interchange with the North East Line (NEL). The existing Hougang station will be expanded onto adjacent vacant land and possibly integrated with the Hougang Central Bus Interchange next to it. There is potential here for a mixed development above the new station. The Florence Residences is located within mins walk to the upcoming Hougang Station on Cross Island Line. Connectivity in the area will greatly improved!