More space at 17 MRT station platforms by 2018

The platform spaces at 17 MRT stations, including Bishan (pictured) will be expanded through ways such as covering some existing voids (such as those around stairs and escalators) and reorganising station furniture.
The platform spaces at 17 MRT stations, including Bishan (pictured) will be expanded through ways such as covering some existing voids (such as those around stairs and escalators) and reorganising station furniture. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

SINGAPORE - As early as 2018, commuters will have up to 15 per cent more space at 17 stations on the North-South and East-West MRT lines.

The Land Transport Authority said on Monday (Oct 19) that station platforms will be expanded via a number of ways, including covering some existing voids (such as those around stairs and escalators) and reorganising station furniture.

LTA chief executive Chew Men Leong said: "Besides managing crowding at the platforms during peak hours, we are also looking to enhance our older MRT stations by creating up to 15 per cent additional space at some of the stations to make public transport a more pleasant experience for all commuters.

"This is part of the overall rejuvenation of our rail network."

Platform voids at 11 stations will be covered over to create more standing space, while space at the other six stations will be freed up by repositioning seats at the platforms. In addition, more seats will be provided for commuters waiting for trains.

Works are expected to commence in mid-2016, with the majority being carried out during non-service hours to minimise inconvenience to commuters.

The 17 stations to be upgraded are:

1. Ang Mo Kio

2. Bishan

3. Boon Lay

4. Buona Vista

5. Choa Chu Kang

6. City Hall

7. Clementi

8. Eunos

9. Jurong East

10. Khatib

11. Lakeside

12. Raffles Place

13. Pasir Ris

14. Pioneer

15. Tampines

16. Tanjong Pagar

17. Yishun