Outgoing Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew announced that the Singapore transport authority, Land Transport Authority (LTA), may expand the Jurong Region Line and connect it to the Circle Line to enhance the connectivity between the city central and the western areas of Singapore.

A feasibility study will be conducted by LTA to link the two train lines via West Coast Extension with stations at West Coast GRC and Pasir Panjang. However even if the project is feasible, the completion can only be 15 years later at 2030.

Photo of MRT from thestraitstimes
Photo of MRT from thestraitstimes

It is not understood why did Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew made the announcement of this possible extension as the LTA has not even arrived a decision yet. Furthermore, the project if approved will only be completed by 2030. The intonation of this press release is certainly politically-accented given that it is announced on the same day of the announcement of the coming General Elections happening on the 11th of September.

Developments in the western part of Singapore like West Coast GRC and Jurong GRC are usually slow and under-developed as compared to the developments in the east. This news will probably offer some relieve for Singaporean voters living in the West who are often inconvenienced by the lack of comprehensive public transport enjoyed by their peers living in the East.