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42 new trains will join NEL, CCL fleets: Lui Tuck Yew

A total of 42 new trains will be added progressively to increase the North East Line and Circle Line's fleet from next year, said Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew. 

SINGAPORE:  Commuters can expect some relief from the MRT crunch along the North East Line (NEL) and Circle Line (CCL) from next year, said Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew in Parliament on Thursday (May 29).

A total of 42 new trains will be added progressively, he said. This will increase the NEL and CCL fleet capacities by 70 and 60 per cent, respectively.

The load on the current infrastructure is expected to be reduced by 2017, when the full Downtown Line (DTL) opens. This will help cut down the load on the North South and East West Lines, as well as some crowded interchange stations in the city.

DTL 1, the first phase of the DTL, opened in December last year. On average, 58,000 commuters travelled on DTL 1 each weekday from January to April this year. Of these, 40 per cent travelled during peak hours.

"The DTL 1, given its short length, is primarily intended to provide connectivity within, as well as into and out of city area, rather than to alleviate the loading levels on the North East Line and the Circle Line," Mr Lui said.

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