To beef up safety for commuters travelling on Light Rail Transit (LRT) trains, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has called tenders for the installation of platform barriers at the 42 LRT stations.
By 2018, all LRT stations will have glass and steel platform barriers in an effort to prevent people falling or getting onto the tracks.
An LTA spokesman said this was in response to rising passenger numbers. Last year, average daily LRT ridership stood at 137,000 - almost three times what it was in 2004.
The LTA said the first barriers will be installed at the Bukit Panjang and Chua Chu Kang LRT stations, "in anticipation of higher commuter traffic with the opening of Downtown Line 2 at the end of this year". This will be followed by the rest of the stations on the Bukit Panjang and Sengkang-Punggol LRT systems, with the work completed in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
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Source: “Platform barriers at all LRT stations by 2018 to prevent falls” (The Straits Times, 21 Oct 2015)