New Underground MRT station between Outram and HarbourFront?
When you take the NE line, you will notice that the LED signboard mention of station 1 is HarbourFront, and station 3 is Outram, what about station 2? A new underground MRT station in secret?
– Contributed by Oogle.
24th October 2012
By Maria Almenoar
Commuters can expect a smoother travelling experience when new facilities in at least 23 MRT and LRT stations are completed in the next three years.
Upgrading work by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) includes building linkways to nearby buildings, bicycle racks, railings and covered taxi and pick-up bays.
It could not say how much the upgrading will cost, as some tenders have not been called. It did say, however, that it will cost $5.4 million to add lifts at pedestrian overhead bridges next to six stations: Bishan, Aljunied, Khatib, Yew Tee, Kranji and Sengkang.
The works, which started in November last year, will be completed by the end of next year.Also slated for completion next year are enhancements at five stations: Dover, HarbourFront, Kovan and Yishun MRT stations, as well as Teck Whye LRT station.
Modifications range from extensions to the roofs to covered linkways and pick-up bays.
Another lot of stations will get improvement works by 2015.
The Commonwealth, Clementi and Queenstown stations will each get two new entrances with fare gates and ticketing machines.
An additional pedestrian bridge will also be built at each station, linking it to both sides of the main road outside.
This will help alleviate congestion on existing linkways, especially during morning and evening peak periods, said the LTA.
The new amenities will cater to an expected growth in travel demand in these neighbourhoods once new developments come up.
Another nine MRT and LRT stations will also get better facilities by June 2015: Kallang, Lakeside, Bukit Gombak and Serangoon MRT stations; and Bukit Panjang, Bangkit, Keat Hong, Pending and Southview LRT stations.
Some enhancement work has been completed. For example, Outram Park station, an interchange station serving the North-East and East-West lines, was fitted with new toilets earlier this year.
The LTA also spent $126 million to install half-height screen doors at the platforms of elevated stations to prevent accidents.
The project, completed in March, took about three years. To improve ventilation where half-height doors have been set up, the LTA is installing fans.
Work will be completed by the first quarter of next year.