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First of new batch of Circle Line, North East Line trains delivered

The first of 24 new Circle Line and 18 new North East Line trains was delivered to Singapore, and will be tested before progressively put into service from mid-2015, the Land Transport Authority said.

SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Wednesday (July 23) announced that the first in a batch of 42 new trains for the Circle Line (CCL) and North East Line (NEL) have reached Singapore.

The LTA said the remaining trains - in total, there will be 24 for the CCL and 18 for the NEL - will arrive progressively over the next few months. The new trains will undergo "extensive and rigorous testing" at depots before being put into service progressively from around mid-2015, it added.

The 24 new CCL trains will increase the line's fleet capacity by 60 per cent, while the 18 ordered for the NEL will boost its capacity by 70 per cent. This increase in capacity will shorten waiting times and improve service levels for commuters, the LTA said.

More trips on the crowded NEL stretches - such as southbound during the weekday morning rush hour - will be added, the LTA said.

The first new CCL train arrived at Pasir Panjang port on June 29, while the first new NEL train arrived at the same port on July 20, according to the statement. They were sent to the Kim Chuan and Sengkang depots, respectively.

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