Rail Reliability To Be Vastly Improved By 2019

Commuters can except huge improvements in the reliability of the North-South and East West-Lines (NSEWL) within the next two years, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan yesterday (12 Sep).

By then, three out of the six core systems of the 30-year-old lines would have been replaced, with each upgrade making a "quantum improvement" to reliability, he said yesterday.

Mr Khaw, who is also Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure, was giving a speech during a ceremony at Bishan Depot to mark the completion of the second major NSEWL renewal project - the replacement of the power-supplying third rail along around 180km of tracks.

The first renewal project, a four-year effort to replace sleepers, was completed last year.

Mr Khaw said that this made it "two down, with four more to go", referring to the outstanding upgrading of the signalling system, power supply system and track circuits, and replacement of 66 first-generation trains. He said that the works will take up until 2024 to complete because of the limited engineering time of three hours each night.

Source: “Rail reliability to be vastly improved by 2019: Khaw” (The Straits Times, 13 September 2017)

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