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New Turnback Tracks at Pasir Ris MRT Station To Be Completed in 2024

New Turnback Tracks at Pasir Ris MRT Station To Be Completed in 2024. (Photo: Teo Chee Hean/Facebook)

New Turnback Tracks at Pasir Ris MRT Station To Be Completed in 2024. (Photo: Teo Chee Hean/Facebook)

Commuters travelling on the East-West Line (EWL) can soon experience shorter waiting times thanks to new turnback tracks after Pasir Ris MRT station, enabling more trains to be deployed during peak hours.

The project to extend the railway tracks after Pasir Ris MRT station to accommodate a new railway turnback was first announced by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in 2018.

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New Turnback Tracks at Pasir Ris MRT Station

Completion of viaduct beam launching on Dec 22, 2022

"A 750 ton crane and 500 ton crane performing a tandem lift" (Photo: Teo Chee Hean/Facebook)

“A 750 ton crane and 500 ton crane performing a tandem lift” (Photo: Teo Chee Hean/Facebook)

In a Facebook post on Thursday (Dec 22), Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean visited the worksite, where the last of 36 viaduct beams – weighing up to 260 tonnes and measuring up to 25 metres long – was successfully launched on that day.

The joint venture consisting Singapore branch of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and Singaporean firm Gates PCM Construction Ltd was awarded the civil contract (1503) valued at around $39 million on Mar 29, 2019.

Increase in peak hour train deployment on EWL when completed in 2024

Illustration of New Railway Turnback and its Location. (Image: LTA)

Illustration of New Railway Turnback and its Location. (Image: LTA)

When the new turnback tracks are completed, it will enable a 20 per cent increase in train deployment on the EWL during peak hours.

This means there will soon be 36 trains operating per hour, for 9,000 more commuters, during the peak hours, from the current number of 30 trains operating per hour.

Compared to the existing track crossing, the new turnback tracks will enable trains to switch directions and turn around more efficiently, allowing EWL trains to run at shorter headways and higher frequencies to meet ridership demands, said the LTA in 2018.

Works for the decking, running rails, track crossing and signalling system integrations have since started, and the new turnback tracks are slated to commence service by mid-2024.



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External Links
Railway Tracks Near Pasir Ris to be Extended for Quicker Turnaround of Trains – LTA [Accessed 23 Dec 2022]
“Look forward to shorter waiting times on the East-West Line (#EWL) as we’re extending the railway tracks to add a new railway turnback after Pasir Ris MRT station 🚇” – LTA/Facebook [Accessed 23 Dec 2022]
“Faster turnaround of trains at the new turn back @Pasir Ris MRT will allow 20% more trains at peak hours – this means 36 trains/hour compared to 30/hr at peak, carrying 9,000 more commuters/hr at peak.” – Teo Chee Hean/Facebook [Accessed 23 Dec 2022]


Images: Teo Chee Hean/Facebook, LTA.
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