Woodleigh, the last unopened station along the North East Line, will begin revenue service on Monday, 20 June 2011 - thanks to an increase in new developments that have come up in the area.
With its opening, residents in new developments like 'Blossoms@Woodleigh' and 'Parc Mondrian' can now hop onto the 20-km line to get to places like Punggol and HarbourFront in less than 19 minutes. They can also transfer to other MRT lines at Serangoon, Dhoby Ghaut or Outram Park Stations to get to other suburban towns such as Jurong, Tampines or even Woodlands.
SBS Transit Chief Executive Officer, Mr Gan Juay Kiat, said: "We have been monitoring the developments around the Woodleigh Station for a while now. With more developments coming up and an increase in passenger flow through from the Circle Line, the time is now right to open it."
Besides residents, the new station will also be able to serve students and staff from the nearby Stamford American International School, which is slated to open next year.
On the same day that Woodleigh Station opens, Damai LRT Station, which is located in Punggol New Town, will also begin revenue service, following the increase in residential developments in its vicinity.
With the opening of Damai Station, all the seven stations on the Punggol East LRT system will be operational. As such, the Punggol East LRT system will operate in both directions for passenger convenience and to cater to ridership growth. This will be effective from 20 June 2011.
The North East Line is the world's first fully automated underground heavy rail system which began operations in June 2003. Built at a cost of $4.6 billion, the NEL has 16 stations along its 20-km line from Punggol to HarbourFront.
Besides operating the NEL, SBS Transit also operates light rail services in Sengkang and Punggol. Both systems have an East and a West Loop that originate at the town centre. The Sengkang East LRT began operations in January 2003 while the Punggol East and Sengkang West LRT started revenue service in January 2005.
The Sengkang East Loop is in full operation and the Punggol East Loop will be fully operational from 20 June 2011. As for the Sengkang West Loop, there are two stations that have not been put into revenue service due to the lack of residential developments in their vicinity. Punggol West Loop is also not in operation for the same reason. In all, 20 of the 29 stations are opened for service.