Ultimate Guide to All Early Closures & Late Openings of MRT/LRT in March 2018

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I just read an article on the DTL breakdown this morning and now I’m writing this.


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Anyways, the LTA is reminding Singaporeans about the early closures and later start time for the MRT system this month.

Here’s what you should know:

Changes to operating hours

East-West Line (EWL)

All 35 stations along the line will be affected.

This includes the stretch from Tuas Link to Pasir Ris, and from Tanah Merah to Changi Airport.

They will close earlier and open later on all weekends as well as selected weekdays.

Here are the specific dates:

  • Early closures at 10.30pm on Monday (12 Mar) and Wednesday (14 Mar).
  • Early closures at 11.00pm on Fridays and Saturdays (2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 Mar)
  • Late openings at 8.00am on Saturdays and Sundays (3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 Mar and 1 Apr)

Sengkang-Punggol LRT (SPLRT)

On the mornings of 11 and 25 of March, there will be a one-direction selected loop closure on the Sengkang LRT.

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The same will happen on 4 and 18 March for Punggol LRT.

The affected stations will have only one platform open for service from 5.30am.

The other platform will open from 7am onwards.

The need for closure

Of course lah, if ‘bad’ things happen to us, we must always find out why.

According to LTA, the reduction in operating hours can “double engineering and track access time” for the engineers to speed up this whole resignalling work process that has been ongoing since the beginning of time.

No, I’m just exaggerating because it literally feels like forever.

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Apparently, they have managed to bring the completion date forward by six months.

So instead of tahan-ing until end of this year, we should be able to see the results sometime in June.

Well, we shall see.

According to LTA, commuters can expect “shorter waiting times” and “increased capacity” when the works are completed.

On the other hand, the closures on SPLRT is to allow more time for maintenance and replacement of the power rail, signalling-switch machines and cables.

You know, all the technical stuff.

This will boost the loop’s reliability and make your journey more comfortable.

Transport alternatives

Don’t you worry about getting around the island.

Shuttle bus services will be deployed along the EWL.

Shuttles 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8, will run parallel to stretches of the EWL and stop at designated pick-up and drop-off points located near the MRT stations along the stretch.

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Two express bus services, Express 5 and Express 12, will provide bus service to the city.

Here’s the list of the shuttle services:

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For those who want to change between EWL and DTL, you can take Express 13 and 15.

1.    Express 13: Between Bedok and Bedok North (both bounds) for the eastern sector; and

2.    Express 15: Between Clementi and Beauty World (both bounds) for the western sector.

If you’re still lost, here’s a really detailed calendar:

Image: LTA

Hang in there people, LTA promises ” shorter waiting times and increased capacity”.

We shall find out!

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