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More trains for new Downtown MRT line

Published on Mar 28, 2013 5:26 PM
 
The interior of the Downtown Line trains. The Downtown Line will get 15 more trains than previously planned, to shorten waiting times for commuters. Additional trains will mean the operator will be able to run more trains during the morning and evening peak hours. -- ST FILE PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

The new Downtown Line will get 15 more trains than previously planned, to shorten waiting times for commuters. Additional trains will mean the operator will be able to run more trains during the morning and evening peak hours.

The Land Transport Authority in a statement on Thursday said it had awarded a contract worth $119.2 million for the additional trains. The 42km-long Downtown Line which connects the eastern and north-western stretches was slated to get 73 three-car trains.

So far, five trains for the first phase of the Line, which opens at the end of this year, have been delivered and are undergoing tests.

When the 42km DTL is fully open in 2017, it will have 34 stations.