Now, if you’re a perfectly fun-loving young person in Singapore, you’re probably raring to go out and have fun with your friends, especially on a long weekend.
But for the long weekend (courtesy of Vesak Day), you might meet with a small disruption to your plan.
There’ll be no train services at up to 5 North-South Line MRT stations between Admiralty and Yio Chu Kang train stations.
(Yes, Yishun’s one of them)
The closure will happen from 18 to 20 May 2019.
Both Admiralty and Sembawang MRT stations will be closed from 18 to 20 May. On 20 May, another three stations, Yishun, Khatib and Yio Chu Kang, will be closed as well.
And it’s not just train stations.
The leftmost lane of Canberra Link Road, in the direction of Sembawang MRT station, will be closed between 17 to 20 May as well.
But don’t think that this means you’re stuck at your stomping ground for the weekend.
There’ll be an express bus from Woodlands to the Bukit Panjang Downtown Line MRT station during the three days.
Why the “shutdown”?
During this period, LTA will be adding a crossover track between Sembawang and Canberra station. So what does this mean to Singaporeans like you and me?
In a nutshell, it’s supposed to reduce train disruptions.
According to the LTA: “For example, if the northbound track is faulty, affected trains can use the crossover to bypass the faulty stretch by travelling on the southbound track.”
As of right now, Canberra Station is 75% done and expected to start operations by the end of this year.
It will have covered linkways to nearby bus stops and bicycle parks. The station will serve nearby estates like Sembawang Springs.
Now that you’re done with the necessary information, here are a few more stuff about Singapore MRT you need to know.
LTA’s Latest MRT Map Is A Mess of Lines
Apart from the five existing lines and three estates that have profited from LRTs, three more lines and three more extensions have been incorporated into the map.
Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL)
The 43km Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) is a joint line between the Thomson Line and the Eastern Region Line.
It will serve as the addition of 31 new stations to the existing rail network.
Jurong Region Line (JRL)
The 24-kilometre long Jurong Region Line (JRL) will add 24 stations to the existing rail network.
This includes three interchange stations at Boon Lay, Choa Chu Kang and Jurong East MRT stations
Cross Island Line (CRL)
Spanning 50km in length, the Cross Island Line (CRL) is targeted to complete around 2030.
It is Singapore’s eighth MRT line as well as longest fully underground line.
For the full article on what exciting news LTA has in store for MRT commuters, you can read it here.
In the meantime, just remember this: Yishun’s out for three days next month.
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