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Older SMRT trains to get makeover for better ride

Commuters can expect wider seats, non-slip floors, more standing space

Published on May 15, 2013 7:38 AM
 
MRT train tracks taken at Geylang East Central on April 26, 2013. From wider seats and non-slip floors to new propulsion systems, rail operator SMRT will refurbish its older trains to give commuters a more comfortable and reliable ride. -- ST FILE PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

FROM wider seats and non-slip floors to new propulsion systems, rail operator SMRT will refurbish its older trains to give commuters a more comfortable and reliable ride.

These details were revealed yesterday during a joint briefing with the Land Transport Authority (LTA). They come nearly a year after a Committee of Inquiry (COI) made its recommendations in the wake of two major train disruptions in December 2011.

SMRT chief executive Desmond Kuek said: "What we want to do is take a comprehensive view of the entire system to see how we can improve on system reliability, safety and capacity."

Trains will be upgraded to provide more standing space and handrails, wider seats, non-slip floors and better ventilation.

 
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