Seven MRT stations to close earlier on Fridays, Saturdays in Oct

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Seven MRT stations on the East-West Line (EWL) – from Tiong Bahru to Clementi – will close earlier on Fridays and Saturdays in October for ongoing maintenance, enhancements and asset renewals works, said rail operator SMRT on Wednesday (26 September).

During the period, the affected stations will close at around 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

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There will be a shuttle bus service which 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.

Commuters are advised to cater for additional commuting time when travelling between the MRT stations via the shuttle bus service.

SMRT added that works to renew the power supply system on the EWL, along with ongoing works to install noise barriers along the railway tracks, will also commence from October.

“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,” it said.

The power supply system renewal project for the North-South and East-West Lines is targeted for completion by the early 2020s.

The project will start with the laying of new power control and fibre optic cables along the tracks, sector by sector. This will involve replacing 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,” SMRT added.

SMRT will keep commuters updated on changes in timing to train operations and alternative transport arrangements on their website as well as through their Facebook, Twitter feed and the SMRTConnect app.

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