Bt Panjang LRT's Ten Mile Junction station to close

Bukit Panjang LRT's Ten Mile Junction station, which is integrated with the Junction 10 mall, will be closed from the last quarter of this year. LTA said this will provide additional space for engineers to carry out upgrading works, which will end in
Bukit Panjang LRT's Ten Mile Junction station, which is integrated with the Junction 10 mall, will be closed from the last quarter of this year. LTA said this will provide additional space for engineers to carry out upgrading works, which will end in 2024.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Ten Mile Junction station on the Bukit Panjang LRT (BPLRT), which has seen low ridership numbers, will be closed from the last quarter of this year to facilitate a $344 million project to upgrade the problematic line.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said the station - which is integrated with the Junction 10 mall - will provide additional space for engineers to carry out works, which will end in 2024. The station space will be converted into a stabling and testing ground for the LRT's 19 new replacement trains.

Details of the renewal project, which will involve an upgrading of core components, including the signalling system and power rail, were announced during the debate on the Transport Ministry's budget yesterday.

The works are expected to significantly reduce the faults on the BPLRT, which has a single central rail that guides, powers and provides signalling communication to the trains.

The Transport Ministry, which has the second-highest budget expenditure this year, also announced a slew of other commuter-centric initiatives.

E-scooters will have to be registered by the end of this year as a way to curb reckless riding.

And to ensure that commuter safety is protected, as well as contestability in the sector, a review of private hire operators is under way.

The likes of Uber and Grab may face tighter regulations and licensing soon.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 08, 2018, with the headline 'Bt Panjang LRT's Ten Mile Junction station to close'. Print Edition | Subscribe