The Straits Times
Published on Jan 17, 2013

More households served by expanded rail network: Lui Tuck Yew


EIGHT in 10 households will have to walk just 10 minutes to the nearest train station, with the new rail lines that will be built by 2030, said Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew.

This is up from the six in 10 households that currently benefit from the existing rail network.

By doubling the current 178km rail network to about 360km by 2030, commuters here will "feel a marked difference" when taking public transport, said Mr Lui, after visiting Downtown Line 1's Chinatown station on Thursday.

He announced plans to build two new rail lines - the Cross Island and Jurong Region Lines - and adding new stations on the Circle Line, North East Line and upcoming Downtown Line.