The Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced that the East Coast Integrated Depot in Changi is expected to be opened to passenger service in 2025. The depot was initially scheduled to commence operations in 2024 but was delayed due to slowdown of work because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Construction work is on track and 75 per cent completed as of September 2022. Installation of rail tracks, electrical equipment, maintenance and system services are currently under way.
The facility will feature three mass rapid transit (MRT) depots, stacked on top of one another. The Downtown MRT Line depot will be located underground, Thomson-East Coast Line depot will be built at ground level, while the East-West Line depot will be located above ground level. Although some facilities and systems will be shared between the three depots, they have been designed to operate independently.
The singular bus depot will be four-storey tall and located near the MRT depots.
Once completed, this will be the first such facility in the world to house three train depots and a bus depot within one site. The facility will be able to house 220 trains as well as about 760 buses.
The depot complex will also be sustainable, featuring solar panels and a natural light and ventilation optimising design.