New Train Cars for Bukit Panjang LRT System and Upgrading Works to Ease Congestion

News Releases 18 Jun 2014 station upgrade Bukit Panjang Light Rail Transit (BPLRT)

First new LRT train has arrived

    The first of 13 new train-cars for the Bukit Panjang LRT System (BPLRT) arrived in Singapore early Sunday morning (15 June 2014). The remaining new train-cars will arrive progressively over the next few months. All train-cars will undergo extensive reliability testing at Bukit Panjang depot and will progressively go into service from the last quarter of this year.

2  The new train-cars will ease crowding levels, especially during the morning and evening peaks. The BPLRT currently has 19 train-cars. The additional 13 train-cars are expected to increase the peak-hour capacity of the BPLRT by about 50%.

3  With the additional train-cars, trains will arrive more frequently and more 2-car trains can be put into service. Headways[1] between the Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panjang LRT stations will be reduced to 2.2 minutes from 2.5 minutes today, and that for the loop between Petir and Senja stations (in both directions) will be reduced to 4.4 minutes from 5 minutes today.   

4  LTA has also started work to construct two new additional platforms at Choa Chu Kang LRT station to improve commuter movement and reduce platform crowding. Currently, commuters board and alight from the trains at a single platform, which can become congested during peak hours. With the new platforms dedicated for passengers exiting the station, the existing platform can be freed up for boarding passengers

5  LTA will also be adding extra faregates and widening the staircase that commuters use to transfer between the MRT and LRT systems.  Works started this month and will complete by end 2016.  

6  Separately, earlier announced works to enable both single-car and 2-car train operations on the Sengkang-Punggol LRT systems have commenced. Modifications will be made to the vehicles, as well as the power, signalling; and communication sub-systems to enhance overall system capacity. These works will also be completed by end 2016.

7  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.

Annex : BPLRT New Train-Cars

[1] The time between successive train arrivals

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