Seven MRT stations from Tiong Bahru to Clementi MRT stations on the East-West Line (EWL) will close earlier at around 11.00pm on Fridays and Saturdays in October 2018 for ongoing maintenance, enhancements and asset renewal works.
In a press release on Wednesday (26 September), Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) stated that starting from October, works to renew the power supply system on the EWL will also commence, along with ongoing works to install noise barriers along the railway tracks.
It then noted that the affected EWL sector and Early Closure dates are as follows:
According to the authority, the early closure of MRT stations from Tiong Bahru to Clementi MRT stations will give the engineers from the Land Transport Authority and SMRT, along with the project contractors, more engineering hours to renew and upgrade the EWL power supply system safely.
SMRT then said that the power supply system renewal project will start with the laying of new power control and fibre optic cables along the tracks, sector by sector. Renewing the power supply system involves the replacement of nearly 1,300km of power cables, 250km of fibre optic cables and over 170 sub-stations.
Real-time condition monitoring systems will be introduced to monitor the health of power equipment and identify potential faults, to improve train service reliability. The power supply system renewal project for the NSEWL is targeted for completion by the early 2020s.
The authority then announced that to maintain connectivity for commuters during the early closures in October 2018, Shuttle Bus Service 1 will ply between Jurong East and Outram Park MRT stations, stopping at designated bus stops near the affected stations to pick-up and drop-off passengers.
It also advised commuters to cater for additional travelling time when travelling between MRT stations using the shuttle bus service.
As the timing of the last trains departing each station on affected days will vary, SMRT also commuters to check for station-specific timings on SMRT Trains’ website and social media platforms when planning their journeys on affected dates.