Bidirectional LRT Services on Punggol West Loop to begin from Sept 29

The bi-directional loops are needed due to Punggol’s growing population.
The bi-directional loops are needed due to Punggol’s growing population.ST PHOTO: JEREMY KWAN
Currently, trains from Punggol run in a single direction from Sam Kee to Soo Teck until 3pm, then change direction until the end of LRT service at night.
Currently, trains from Punggol run in a single direction from Sam Kee to Soo Teck until 3pm, then change direction until the end of LRT service at night.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
The bidirectional services are expected to significantly reduce travel time as many of the commuters will enjoy shorter journeys.
The bidirectional services are expected to significantly reduce travel time as many of the commuters will enjoy shorter journeys.ST PHOTO: JEREMY KWAN
Senior Minister of State for Transport Janil Puthucheary officially launched the Punggol LRT West Loop and the new MyTransport.SG mobile app.
Senior Minister of State for Transport Janil Puthucheary officially launched the Punggol LRT West Loop and the new MyTransport.SG mobile app.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

SINGAPORE - Two-way services on the Punggol LRT West Loop will start on Sept 29, making the daily commute more convenient for residents.

Currently, trains from Punggol run in a single direction from Sam Kee to Soo Teck until 3pm, then change direction until the end of LRT service at night.

Senior Minister of State for Transport Janil Puthucheary announced the start of bidirectional services during a visit to Punggol on Friday afternoon (Sept 7).

"The population of Punggol has grown quite significantly," said Dr Janil, who is also an MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC. "We need the bi-directional loops because we need the increased capacity. There are just more passengers to carry."

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will also be beefing up services for the Punggol East LRT loop and both LRT loops in Sengkang by adding an additional train car at selected times. The average daily ridership for the Sengkang and Punggol LRT lines has gone up by around 6 per cent in the first half of this year, compared to the same time period last year.

Dr Janil also announced the latest edition of the LTA's MyTransport app, which has been redesigned and now sports a sleeker interface, new features and greater customisability.

For example, it now includes parking information for all Housing Board and Urban Redevelopment Authority carparks, as well as selected commercial buildings in the Orchard area and central business district.

It also allows users to view live updates of road conditions via traffic cameras, and decide which MRT or highway push notifications they want to get. For example, a regular user of the Downtown Line may choose to disable notifications for all other lines.

Mr Peter Quek, who is LTA's chief information officer and group director for information technology, cyber security and digital services, said that the new app was developed based on user feedback for the old app. The old version will continue to be available for about three months before it is taken offline.

"I think the new app is an improvement over the old one," Mr Quek said. "For example, you have a much better and more intuitive user interface. It also provides a lot more real-time information."