Works to let trains turn round faster

An MRT train approaching Pasir Ris MRT station, where extended railway tracks will allow a new turnback for trains to switch between the two opposite directions more efficiently.
An MRT train approaching Pasir Ris MRT station, where extended railway tracks will allow a new turnback for trains to switch between the two opposite directions more efficiently.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Railway tracks after Pasir Ris MRT station will be extended to accommodate a new railway turnback that would let trains turn around quicker there, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said yesterday.

The new railway turnback will consist of cross-tracks that let trains switch between the two opposite directions more efficiently than existing crossings, said LTA.

With Pasir Ris MRT station being the terminal station for the East-West Line (EWL), this would mean that trains canchange directionsfaster to head westwards on the line.

Work will start next yearand 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 the LTA.

The existing railway viaduct after Pasir Ris MRT station will be extended by 148m to addthe new railway turn.

A strip of undeveloped land located beyond the station was gazetted yesterdayto facilitate these works, the LTA said.

It 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 erectingnoise barriers and limiting construction nearPasir Ris Park to between 9am and 6pm.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2018, with the headline 'Works to let trains turn round faster'. Print Edition | Subscribe