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Faster trains on North-South Line soon

Published on Aug 21, 2014 7:32 AM
Maintenance staff replacing wooden sleepers. For safety reasons, trains have to travel at slower speeds over newly laid sleepers. -- ST FILE PHOTO

Close to half of the work to replace sleepers on the North-South Line has been completed and commuters can look forward to faster travelling speeds from October or November this year.

SMRT in a Facebook post yesterday said it was gradually lifting the associated speed restrictions but trains will be back to normal speeds only in the middle of next year.

The public transport operator has been replacing sleepers since 2012, as part of its efforts to upgrade its systems and infrastructure.

When new sleepers, which hold the tracks in place, are fitted, they require time to settle on the ballast or stones on which the tracks are laid.

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