Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) and rail operator SMRT are set to increase the train fleet operating on the North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL) by 40% with the addition of 29 new trains.
The North-South line (NSL) is 45km-long with 27 stations, while the second transit line, the East-West line (EWL), is 57.2km-long with 35 stations.
In March 2013, LTA and SMRT ordered 41 new trains for the lines, thus, the NSEWL fleet total will rise to 198 by 2019 with this new development.
The new trains are expected to be delivered and begin service between 2016 and 2019.
Under the previous order, 13 new trains have already arrived this year and the remaining 28 trains will be delivered from 2016 to 2017.
With these new arrivals on NSEWL, LTA aims to reduce congestion in its existing services and seeks to replace the old trains for maintenance and modernisation works.
Plans to enhance the signalling system on the lines are also under consideration.
The additional trains, including the earlier order, will serve the expanded mass rapid transit (MRT) network, when the Tuas West Extension on the East-West Line and the Canberra station on the North-South Line open.
LTA announced plans in August to build a new MRT station on the NSL, which will be located between the Sembawang and Yishun stations along the Canberra Link.
The proposed station will be the second MRT station to be built on an existing rail line.