With 75 per cent of construction completed, the new Canberra station along the North-South Line (NSL) is on track to open by this year.
2 The next stage of construction involves connecting the two existing tracks to and from Canberra station with a new 72-metre long crossover track (refer to Annex A). The crossover track will enhance the resilience of the NSL by allowing trains to cross from one track to another when the need arises. For example, if the northbound track is faulty, affected trains can use the crossover to bypass the faulty stretch by travelling on the southbound track. This allows train service for both directions to remain available.
3 The construction works for the crossover will require a three-day, staggered closure of up to five MRT stations between Admiralty and Yio Chu Kang stations (refer to Annex B). LTA will implement the three-day closure over the Vesak Day long weekend (from 18 to 20 May 2019).
4 On 18 and 19 May, Admiralty and Sembawang stations will be closed to facilitate the removal of existing tracks and installation of the new crossover track. On 20 May, Admiralty, Sembawang, Yishun, Khatib, and Yio Chu Kang stations will be closed to carry out testing and commissioning of the signalling software for the newly installed track sectors. Train services are expected to resume their normal schedules on Tuesday, 21 May 2019.
Alternative Transport Options
5 During the planned closure, shuttle bus services to provide the connectivity along the affected sectors, will be made available and will follow the same fare structure as trains. The shuttle bus services will ferry commuters between Woodlands and Yishun stations on 18 and 19 May, and Woodlands and Ang Mo Kio stations on 20 May. A point-to-point bus service between Woodlands and Bukit Panjang will also be provided to connect commuters in the north to the Downtown Line for a faster and more direct journey to and from the city area. Commuters travelling along the affected sectors are advised to plan their journeys in advance, and factor in the additional time needed for transferring between shuttle buses and trains.
6 LTA will closely monitor shuttle bus services and, where necessary, work with our public transport operators to ramp up services. More information on these alternative transport options will be announced in May.
7 Commuters will be informed of the closures via regular station and in-train announcements, walkway banners and posters at affected stations, radio messages on LTA Traffic News, as well as updates on LTA and SMRT’s websites and social media platforms. Throughout the closures, there will be LTA and SMRT staff at affected stations and shuttle bus points to provide assistance.
Looking Forward to Canberra Station
8 When completed, Canberra station will serve upcoming residential developments as well as existing public housing estates in the neighbourhood such as EastLink I and II @ Canberra and Eastwave @ Canberra. Around 17,000 more households will be within a 10-minute walk of an MRT station, and enjoy travel time savings of up to 10 minutes towards the city centre or Jurong East.
9 To encourage surrounding residents to embrace Walk Cycle Ride as their way of life, Canberra station will have five entrances providing accessibility to nearby housing estates. For added convenience, the new station will be connected by sheltered walkways to nearby bus stops, pick-up and drop-off points, as well as more than 500 bicycle parking lots.