Two-car train operation at Punggol LRT to start service on 29 December

Two-car train operation at Punggol LRT to start service on 29 December

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SBS Transit (SBST) have announced in a joint statement that from 29 December 2016, the completion of upgrading of the Punggol LRT to allow two-car operations, which doubles the capacity of each train to 204 passengers.

They stated that starting 29 December 2016, two-car trains will operate in both directions on the Punggol East Loop during the morning and evening peak, from 6.45am to 8.45 am in the morning, and 6.15pm to 8.15pm in the evening.

They also noted that service frequency will be maintained at three to four minutes during morning and evening peak hours.

The statement said that the two-car system has been tested during off-peak hours since 5 December 2016. Over the next few weeks, SBST staff will also be on board the two-car trains to attend to any potential technical problems promptly. The Punggol LRT West Loop will be converted to two-car operations at a later date.

It also said that from today, Punggol Point (PW3) Station on the Punggol LRT West Loop will also begin serving commuters from the nearby residential estate, as well as residents from upcoming HDB developments. The neighbouring Ponggol Seventeenth Avenue Estate will also be connected to the station.

Samudera (PW4) Station will open in March 2017, while Teck Lee Station (PW2) will open in tandem with the developments in the area.

In January this year, the Sengkang LRT was upgraded to allow two-car operations.

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