Four new trains added to Circle Line; more trains to be deployed later this year

 More new trains will be added to the Circle Line and North East Line.
More new trains will be added to the Circle Line and North East Line. PHOTO: ST FILE
Commuters taking the Circle Line (CCL) and North East Line (NEL) can expect shorter waits and less crowded trains.
Commuters taking the Circle Line (CCL) and North East Line (NEL) can expect shorter waits and less crowded trains. PHOTO: LAND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY
Commuters taking the Circle Line (CCL) and North East Line (NEL) can expect shorter waits and less crowded trains.
Commuters taking the Circle Line (CCL) and North East Line (NEL) can expect shorter waits and less crowded trains.PHOTO: LAND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY

SINGAPORE - Commuters taking the Circle Line (CCL) and North East Line (NEL) can expect shorter waits and less crowded trains.

Four new trains have been added to the CCL on Friday (June 26), and 20 more will join the fleet from now until mid-2016, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a press release.

Seven trains that will be deployed later this year are undergoing testing at the Kim Chuan Depot.

According to LTA, the new trains will boost the capacity of CCL by 10 per cent.

As for NEL, six of the 18 new trains have arrived and are being tested. The first of these trains will be deployed in August.

The 42 new trains include features such as additional straphangers in the trains and gap fillers to reduce the gap between the platform and the trains.

LTA said it will continue to monitor the ridership along the various rail lines. It will also work with the operators to "augment the capacity to meet the long-term projected demand".