1. Train services in the eastern sector of the East-West Line (EWL) will have shorter operational hours on weekends, while train services on the southern stretch of the North-South Line (NSL) will run at longer intervals late at night and early in the morning on weekends in January 2018.
2. This is part of the programme to provide more engineering hours for more effective rail maintenance and renewal works, as well as more checks on the new Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling system to be carried out.
3. Mr Lee Ling Wee, Chief Executive Officer for SMRT Trains said: "The longer engineering hours are needed for the testing of the new CBTC signalling system. We aim to introduce it for passenger service along the East-West Line in the middle of 2018, keeping the initial teething phase to as short a period as possible. Other rail maintenance and renewal works are also being accelerated. We would like to thank commuters for their patience and support, especially those who rely on North-South and East-West Lines daily. All hands are on deck to ensure that the inconvenience is kept to a minimum during this time.”
Early closures, late openings and Sunday full-day closures on EWL
4. Ten MRT stations from Paya Lebar to Pasir Ris, Expo and Changi Airport on the EWL will have their operational hours shortened over all four weekends in January 2018:
5. Throughout early closure, late opening and full-day Sunday closure at these MRT stations on the EWL, two shuttle bus services will be available along the affected train corridors. They will serve the bus stops closest to the affected MRT stations:
Longer train service intervals on NSL
6. For all weekends in January 2018, MRT train services on NSL between Orchard and Marina South Pier will be operating on a single track on late Friday and Saturday nights, and early Saturday and Sunday mornings. This is to carry out maintenance works in the MRT tunnel. Train services will therefore operate at longer intervals of between 10-15 minutes during these periods:
7. During this period, there will also be no service between City Hall and Raffles Place MRT stations on the NSL. Commuters travelling between these two stations will need to use the EWL, and those travelling within the affected zone can plan their journeys using other MRT lines or bus services. Night bus services and some regular bus services along the affected stretch will be enhanced during this time.
Commuters advised to plan ahead
8. Detailed information on the exact train service timings and alternative transport arrangements will be made available soon. Information on the affected train service operational hours for February 2018 will be announced in January 2018. Commuters may also get the latest updates on affected train services and alternative transport arrangements on SMRT’s website, as well as through SMRT’s Facebook and Twitter feed. Commuters are advised to plan their journeys in advance, and seek alternative transport via other MRT lines or bus services where possible.