(image from wikipedia site)
The following information is from WIKIPEDIA and on their site has the Circle Line (CCL) as Singapore's fourth Mass Rapid Transit line, operated by SMRT Corporation.
As the name implies, the line is an orbital line linking all radial lines leading to the city, and also covering many parts of the Central Area. It will also include a branch line beginning at Promenade Station and ending at Marina Bay Station. Transfers to the North South Line will be provided at Bishan, Dhoby Ghaut and Marina Bay stations, East West Line at Paya Lebar and Buona Vista stations, and North East Line at Dhoby Ghaut, Serangoon and HarbourFront stations. The future Downtown Line will interchange with the Circle Line at Bayfront, Promenade, Botanic Gardens and MacPherson stations.
the MRT 'map' above shows the new circle line in orange and the Haw Par Villa MRT will now be the closest one for us here on Pasir Panjang Rd. It will be a 12 minute walk, or about 4 minutes by bus.
Due to the re-alignment of the Nicoll Highway station to a new location, the station will be two thirds the size of the original plan before the collapse, and located 100 metres (330 ft) away from the highway collapse site.
28 May 2009: Stage 3 (Bartley-Marymount) opened
17 April 2010: Stage 1 and 2 (Dhoby Ghaut-Bartley) opened
08 Oct 2011: Stages 4 and 5 will open.
On October 3, 2011, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew announced that the Marina Bay Extension, CE1 Bayfront and CE2 Marina Bay will open in January 2012.
For us the Circle Line will be beneficial for many reasons, one being that we have a few 'new' food venues to try once the Circle Line is open .. at One North MRT we can head towards Fusionpolis for some authentic Turkish fare which is right next to the MRT and at Farrer Road .. we will have the Empress Market, this market is often visited by chefs and discerning cooks for fresh produce. But the 'cooked' food is worth checking as well. Not forgetting the Pasir Panjang MRT for the Food Centre right beside that as well!
We are looking forward to the extra benefits that the Circle Line will give us and many others as well. This will open up a whole new world to people that had difficulty in reaching the Botanical Gardens, Bukit Chandra, the Haw Par Villa or even some of the museums.
Blog post about the train system here in Singapore is HERE
Website for the article on the Circle Line on Wikipedia is HERE