Train depot for Downtown MRT Line to be completed in July 2015

A new MRT train at the Gali Batu Depot in Woodlands, the main train stabling and maintenance facility for the Downtown Line. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
A new MRT train at the Gali Batu Depot in Woodlands, the main train stabling and maintenance facility for the Downtown Line. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

SINGAPORE - The Gali Batu depot in Woodlands, the main train stabling and maintenance facility for the Downtown Line (DTL), will be fully completed in July.

With this, the second phase of the DTL - which runs from Bukit Panjang to Rochor - will be on track to open in the first quarter of 2016.

Giving an update during a site visit on Tuesday, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said trains have been tested from the depot up to the first four stations of the new line, namely Bukit Panjang, Cashew, Hillview and Beauty World.

The 12-station line will be integrated with the first phase of the DTL, which was launched in December 2013, and runs between Bugis and Chinatown.

The 21 ha Gali Batu depot - about twice the size of the Kim Chuan depot that serves the Circle Line - will be further expanded to stable more trains.

In January, LTA awarded a $137.4 million contract to build more train berths, adding another 4ha to the facility. This is targeted for completion by November 2019.

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