SMRT to Shut 5 Stations for Track Construction on Vesak Day

Commuters in Singapore have adjusted to an increase in fares in public transportation, as part of the government’s plans to improve the public transportation that will undoubtedly benefit most, if not all of the citizens, also considering the traffic situation in the country.

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And coming into the summer, a number of public holidays are expected to crowd roads because people will be out and travelling for their family vacations and celebration of some events happening during this season.

SMRT to Shut 5 Stations for Track Construction on Vesak Day

Track Construction to See Closure of 5 MRT Stations in Time for Vesak Day

SMRT has announced that up to five stations from Admiralty to Yio Chu Kang MRT stations will be shut off to accommodate the construction of a crossover track at the upcoming Canberra station, taking place for three days during the Vesak Day long weekend, as reported by the Straits Times.

Admiralty and Sembawang stations won’t be operating from May 18 to 20, while Yishun, Khatib, and Yio Chu Kang stations will be closed on May 20.

As part of the expected construction work, the leftmost lane of Canberra Link, heading in the direction of Sembawang MRT station, will be closed on May 17, starting 10 am for the deployment of a crane, and will be opened to the pubic once again on May 21.

The 72 m-long crossover track, which will be constructed between Sembawang station and the new Canberra station, will accommodate trains on the North-South line to cross from one track to the other, which is expected to sustain and ensure resilience of the Line, according to the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

Officials explained that the new track will benefit the entire line, in the event that if the northbound track becomes faulty, affected trains can use the crossover to bypass the faulty stretch by travelling on the southbound track.

The construction work will be carried out round the clock during the three days, and around 110 workers will take part in the construction procedures. Meanwhile, shuttle buses will be deployed in affected stations.

It’s important to get acquainted with the latest traffic and public transport enhancements taking place in your area. To get updates and timely notifications to help you plan your trips, check out the LTA website or download the LTA app for helpful tips and traffic advisories.