Grace period for MRT users to find right platform at Stevens

LTA announced yesterday that it will grant commuters a grace period of 10 minutes if they enter the wrong platform at the Downtown Line 2 Stevens Station.
LTA announced yesterday that it will grant commuters a grace period of 10 minutes if they enter the wrong platform at the Downtown Line 2 Stevens Station. PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

The Land Transport Authority announced yesterday that it will grant commuters a grace period of 10 minutes if they enter the wrong platform at the Downtown Line 2 Stevens Station, after its design was criticised.

As of tomorrow, travellers will get sufficient time to exit the fare gates and tap in at the correct platform without being charged the minimum fare, which is around 80 cents.

Stevens is the only station not to have fare gates at concourse level before passengers are led to the platforms. Instead it has separate gates at its two platforms - one in the direction of Bukit Panjang, and the other towards Chinatown.

Once past either of these, there is no way for commuters to make their way to the other platform.

The LTA explained that the station's design is due to "challenging" site constraints.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 01, 2016, with the headline 'Grace period for MRT users to find right platform at Stevens'. Print Edition | Subscribe