08/25/2014 15:15 | By TODAY via Channelnewsasia.com

New platform, track for Tanah Merah MRT station in 2024

The new platform will cater to trains heading to Pasir Ris, which leaves the two middle tracks dedicated for trains travelling to and from Changi Airport, the Land Transport Authority says.


New platform, track for Tanah Merah MRT station in 2024 (© Artist's impression of Tanah Merah station in 2024. Image: LTA)

SINGAPORE : Commuters heading towards the airport and to the Expo can enjoy easier and faster travel, with a new platform slated to be constructed at the Tanah Merah MRT station.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) revealed the plans in a media briefing on Monday (Aug 25), and said the enhancement works will commence in 2016 and completion date is expected to be in 2024.

Currently, the middle track there is used for trains travelling in both directions between the Tanah Merah and Changi Airport stations. Trains heading in have to wait for the existing train to move out before they can enter, resulting in a longer wait.

The new platform, constructed at the edge of the station, will cater to trains heading to Pasir Ris. The middle two tracks will then be dedicated for trains travelling to and from Changi Airport.

An additional track catering to trains coming from Pasir Ris will also be built, in addition to the existing one. This means the station will have four tracks and three platforms all together, from three tracks and two platforms currently.

LTA said it expects shorter intervals and an improvement in waiting times with the enhancements, and will call for a tender next year.

- TODAY

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