Fun Fact Friday: Barrier-free Train Network

Did you know that Singapore’s train network is barrier-free?

Network-wide Barrier-free Access

All 159 MRT and LRT stations in Singapore have barrier-free access routes from a station entrance to the platform. This is made possible with lifts, ramps and a tactile guidance system. Wide fare gates are also installed for the elderly and disabled to conveniently access the network.

Retrofitting of Older MRT Stations

Between 2000 to 2006, barrier-free facilities were retrofitted in the older North-South and East-West Line stations, which did not have passenger lifts, tactile grids and ramps originally.

Wheelchair Bays On Board Trains

Newer and upgraded MRT trains feature at least two dedicated wheelchair bays per train to allow for a more comfortable journey for passengers in wheelchairs.

Integrated with New Signage System

Introduced with the new wayfinding signage system for the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL), the train network is made even more accessible with “Priority Use” signs at more locations.

These signs are located at key locations such as the wide fare gates, passenger lifts and the platform screen door access nearest to the train’s wheelchair bay.

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Related Links
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Matthew Ng

An avid train enthusiast since 2009, he designs graphics and infographics to promote the little known facts about Singapore's train network.