SINGAPORE (The Straits Times / Asia News Network): Singapore’s largest train and bus depot takes shape at Changi, which, when ready in 2025, will be able to accommodate 200 trains from three different lines and up to 760 bus.
The three-tiered East Coast Integrated Depot (ECID) occupies 36 ha of land in Upper Changi Road East, adjacent to the Changi depot at an existing 25 ha level that houses the east-west MRT line trains.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) declined to comment on the status of the S $ 2 billion project, saying only that it would be ready by 2025 – a year later than the original 2024 deadline. It is one of a series of infrastructure projects delayed by the pandemic.
The Straits Times understands that the civil works for the underground level are complete while the casting of the main structures of the two aerial levels is nearing completion.
The East Coast Integrated Depot is the first multi-level train depot here, and is believed to be the first of its kind in the world. It is also the largest depot here and stable trains of three lines – East-West (second level), Thomson-East Coast (first level) and Downtown (basement).
A four-level bus depot incorporating a workshop is located next door.
The tiered design of the bus and train depot would have reduced land use by 44 ha.
Work on the new viaducts that are part of the new depot is also progressing. The LTA said more than 4 km of viaducts that will lead east-west line trains to the new depot will be built.
Trains on the Downtown Line now use the Gali Batu depot in Woodlands, while trains on the Thomson-East Coast Line dock at the Mandai depot.
“Once completed, LTA will begin work on transferring operations from the current Changi East-West Line depot to ECID,” said a spokesperson for LTA.
“The current Changi depot will eventually be decommissioned and demolished once operations are fully transferred.”
The Changi depot sits on land that was part of Kampung Koh Sek Lim, a village that dates back to the 1950s and was acquired in 1983 for the construction of the MRT facility.
The Changi depot made headlines in 2010 when a train parked there was spray painted by two foreign vandals. One was arrested and jailed that year while the other is still at large.