SINGAPORE — The new Punggol Coast Station will open by 2023, seven years earlier than the initial completion date of 2030, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Wednesday (June 7).
The new 1.6km extension on the North East Line (NEL) will serve residential estates at Northshore District and the Punggol Point District.
“This is part of our overall master plan. As many of us know, Punggol town is growing very rapidly and bringing this MRT station forward will benefit residents in Punggol Town,” Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng told reporters on the sidelines of a visit to view a roving exhibition on the Tuas West MRT extension, which will open on June 18.
The new Punggol Coast station will support the upcoming Punggol Digital District, where the new Singapore Institute of Technology’s new campus will be located.
With the new station, there will be a total of 17 stations on the NEL, including five interchange stations, said the LTA. The NEL extension will cut down travelling time from Punggol North to the city centre, as well as other parts of Singapore, by up to 15 minutes.
Based on commuter feedback, the new Punggol Coast Station will have more open public spaces. The LTA is also looking at potentially introducing exhibition space at the station where the community, including students, will have a dedicated space to showcase their art work