Changi Airport’s future T5 will very likely be served by two new MRT lines, to make it more accessible to travellers and visitors. A final decision has not been made, but ST understands that the plan is for both the future Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) and Cross Island Line to be linked to the new mega passenger terminal. When this happens, it is likely that the existing MRT link between Singapore Expo and Changi Airport will cease to operate. Currently, commuters going to the airport have to alight at Tanah Merah station on the East-West Line and take a shuttle train from a central platform to the airport. The TEL – scheduled to open in stages from 2019 to 2024 – is likely to stop at the future T5 before terminating at the existing Changi Airport MRT station. As for the Cross Island Line, targeted to be completed by 2030, the plan is to link the line to Changi East’s new industrial zone before it heads to T5. A direct train link between the city and Changi Airport is a must, transport experts said.