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Two new train-cars for Bukit Panjang LRT

19 Nov 2014

Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, launched two new train-cars for the Bukit Panjang LRT system yesterday morning (19 November 2014). Read Assoc Prof Faishal's Facebook post about the new additions below:  

Took a ride in one of two new train-cars of the Bukit Panjang LRT today, together with fellow parliamentarians Minister Gan Kim Yong and Liang Eng Hwa.

These two train-cars are part of the 13 additional ones LTA and SMRT have bought for the Bukit Panjang LRT system. Four more are undergoing extensive testing before being put into service. The rest are arriving over the next few months and will be put into service by the end of next year. The 13 new train-cars, which have better air-conditioning, solar windshields on the windows and additional handrails for passengers, will increase peak capacity by about 50 per cent, giving commuters a better and more comfortable ride.

I understand that many residents in Bukit Panjang and Choa Chu Kang connect to the MRT network after taking a short ride on the LRT. Currently, commuters board and alight from the trains at a single platform at Choa Chu Kang LRT station, which can become congested during peak hours. Residents will be happy to know that two new additional platforms will be built at this station so that the existing platform is freed up for passengers waiting to board the trains.

Come 1Q2016 when Downtown Line Stage 2 opens, residents will be able to transfer to this new MRT line from the Bukit Panjang LRT station. This will provide Bukit Panjang and Choa Chu Kang residents an alternative and faster commute to the city centre.

I want to thank Bukit Panjang and Choa Chu Kang residents for your patience as we continue to enhance capacity in our public transport system.