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New LRT trains, platforms to ease crowding: LTA

First of 13 new trains for the Bukit Panjang LRT system has arrived, and could increase peak-hour capacity by about 50 per cent.

SINGAPORE: The first of 13 new train-cars for the Bukit Panjang LRT System has arrived in Singapore, while the remaining will arrive over the next few months, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Wednesday (June 18).

The first car reached Singapore early on Sunday morning, the LTA said. The new train-cars, which will progressively go into service from the last quarter of this year, will boost the number of trains for the Bukit Panjang LRT system to 32 from the current 19.

The additional trains will help to ease crowding, and are expected to increase peak-hour capacity by about 50 per cent, LTA said.

With the new train-cars, trains will arrive more frequently and more two-car trains can be put into service, the transport agency added. The time between train arrivals between Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panjang LRT stations will be reduced to 2.2 minutes from the current 2.5 minutes, while that for the loop between Petir and Senja stations (in both directions) will be reduced to 4.4 minutes, from 5 minutes now.

UPGRADING WORKS

Work has also begun to construct two new additional platforms at Choa Chu Kang LRT station to improve commuter movement and reduce platform crowding, LTA said. Currently, commuters board and alight from the trains at a single platform.

Extra faregates will also be built at the station, and a staircase that commuters use to transfer between the MRT and LRT systems will be widened. The upgrading works started this month and will be completed by the end of 2016.

Separately, LTA also said that works to enable both single-car and two-car train operations on the Sengkang-Punggol LRT systems have commenced and will be completed by end-2016. To enhance overall system capacity, modifications will be made to the vehicles, as well as the power, signalling and communication sub-systems.

“As new train-cars are added to the system and the network upgraded, overcrowding on certain stretches of the LRT network will reduce and commuters can experience more frequent train services and shorter waiting times,” LTA said.

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