SINGAPORE - Railway tracks after Pasir Ris MRT station will be extended to accommodate a new railway turnback that would enable quicker turnaround of trains there, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Friday (June 29).
The new railway turnback will consist of cross-tracks that allow trains to switch between the two bounds more efficiently as compared to existing crossings, said LTA.
With Pasir Ris MRT station being the terminal station for the East-West Line (EWL), this would mean that trains will be able to change bounds faster to head westwards on the line.
Work will start in 2019 and is expected to be completed in 2023.
"When completed in 2023, the new turnback, together with the EWL's new Communications-Based Train Control signalling system, will allow EWL trains to run at shorter headways to meet future increases in ridership demand," said LTA.
The existing railway viaduct after Pasir Ris MRT station will be extended by 148m to accommodate the addition of the new railway turn. A strip of undeveloped land located beyond the station was gazetted on Friday to facilitate these works, LTA said.
LTA added that it will adopt a range of environmental management and monitoring measures to minimise impact to the surroundings during the project's construction phase. Measures taken include the erection of noise barriers and limiting construction activities in the vicinity of Pasir Ris Park to between 9am and 6pm.