These ‘MRT Seats’ at Void Decks Aren’t Replicas But Are The Real Thing


The next time you go to your void deck, you might think you’re in a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train carriage.

But no, the ground isn’t moving beneath your feet.

Instead, these pieces are actually MRT seats from actual carriages that have been retired.

Since the trains no longer run, the Marine Parade Town Council decided to utilise them as seats at the void deck for residents to rest while reminiscing the past in a refreshing way.

That way, you might finally be able to sit on a Reserved Seat without the fear of getting exposed and yelled at online.

Yesterday, Seah Kian Peng, the Member of Parliament (MP) responsible for the Braddell Heights division of Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (GRC), posted on his Facebook page about the newest addition to the void deck of the Housing Development Board (HDB) void decks in the area.


In his post, Mr Seah credited the Marine Parade Town Council for giving these seats “a new lease of life” and turning them into rest stops for residents in the area.

“This upcycling effort is part of the Action for Green Towns (AGT) initiative where we partnered with LTA to repurpose old MRT train parts as our communal facilities to reduce wastage,” he noted.

According to his post, these seats are currently installed at the void deck of Block 319 Serangoon Avenue 2.

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Retirement of MRT Carriages and Further Upcycling of Seats

Recently, it was announced that the oldest 106 MRT trains used along the North-South and East-West lines would gradually be retired over time.

As of March this year, 16 of these trains no longer carry passengers.

Apart from the Marine Parade Town Council, the town councils of other areas, such as Yishun and Woodlands, have also begun installing the seats of these MRT carriages at the void decks of HDB blocks, allowing these seats to serve the community in a different way.

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