Train services at some stations on East-West Line to end earlier from Feb 14

A train moving towards Jurong East MRT station.
A train moving towards Jurong East MRT station. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

SINGAPORE - Train services at some MRT stations on the East-West Line will end up to half an hour earlier than usual from Feb 14 to end-August, as a result of rail works.

This will take place between Tanah Merah and Pasir Ris stations, and between Joo Koon and Jurong East stations, from Sundays to Thursdays, except on the eve of Public Holidays.

SMRT advises commuters who board trains after 11.15pm on the East-West Line to consider alternative transport arrangements such as bus services from Feb 14. They can visit http://journey.smrt.com.sg to plan their trips.

The early closure is due to the second phase of works along the SMRT rail network, involving the replacement of sleepers, or structures which hold the tracks in place.

SMRT intends to replace 92,000 timber sleepers to concrete sleepers for the East-West Line by 2017.

The first phase started in November last year, and SMRT has completed 26 per cent of sleeper replacement works along the East-West Line.

Sleeper replacement work on the North-South Line was completed in April last year (2015).

Mr Roger Lim, programme director of track and infrastructure said: "As we intensify the level of track renewal work undertaken each day, we are making every effort to minimise inconvenience to commuters even as we ensure that train services run smoothly every day. Speed restrictions have been kept in check to ensure that the trains run smoothly and travelling time is minimally affected."

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