The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will upgrade the Sengkang Punggol LRT to a 2-car system to increase its capacity and to provide a higher level of commuter service.
2 Over the years, ridership on the Sengkang and Punggol LRT has seen a steady increase, with a 10% year-on-year growth from 2008 to 2011. With more developments coming up in the area, ridership is expected to continue to grow.
Increase System Capacity
3 To meet future demand, LTA will modify 16 of the 41 existing single train-cars to allow these train-cars to be coupled for 2-car operations. 16 more train-cars will also be procured. This will bring the total fleet size to 57 train-cars, thereby increasing the train fleet by about 40%.
4 System upgrading and modification works will start by the middle of next year. There will be no disruption to existing LRT service as upgrading works will be carried out during non-revenue hours. The 2-car train system will be commissioned for revenue service around 2016. With the upgrade, commuters will enjoy less crowding and a more comfortable journey.
Additional Platforms at CCK LRT Station to Ease Crowding and Facilitate Commuter Movement
5 To allow better commuter circulation, ease commuter movement and reduce platform crowding, LTA will also add two additional platforms at Choa Chu Kang LRT station. The two additional ‘exit only’ platforms will connect to the link bridge leading to the Choa Chu Kang MRT station and allow the existing centre platform to have more space to cater to boarding passengers. There will also be one staircase and one escalator to serve each of the new platforms.
6 To improve connectivity to the nearby shopping mall, LTA will provide additional faregates and a covered linkway from the LRT station to Lot 1 shopping mall. This will provide commuters with a direct and sheltered access to the shopping mall.
7 The single staircase that provides access for the transfer between the Choa Chu Kang MRT and LRT stations will also be widened to create separate directions for commuters going up and down the staircase. This will allow better passenger flow.
8 The construction of the additional platforms and the modification works to the existing staircase is expected to start in the middle of next year and complete by 2016.
Increasing the Rail Network Capacity
9 Besides improvements to the existing infrastructure, LTA is also increasing capacity by buying more trains. The North-East Line (NEL) will receive 18 more trains from 2015 onwards, while another 13 additional train-cars will be added to the Bukit Panjang LRT system from 2014 onwards. The added capacity will help ease loading levels.