As announced by Minister for Transport during the 2012 Committe of Supply Parliamentary sitting, MOT / LTA will be looking into improving the LRT capacity and frequency.

In a recent visit to the Sengkang MRT station, Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister of State for MOT confirmed that the current single-car system will be converted into a two-car system by 2016.  This is to cater to the increased damand from the rising population in the Sengkang/ Punggol area.  As the changes require engineering and system upgrade and modification, it will take some time for the new system to be implemented.

In addition, the Land Transport Authority will also be adding 16 new trains cars- bringing the total fleet size to 57.  This new addition will boost the capacity by about 40 percent.   16 of the existing train cars will also be modified to make them suited for two-car operations.

With the increase population in Sengkang and Punggol, this is indeed a welcome move, and hopefully will help ease the peak hours demand in the coming years.

We are also monitoring the ridership in the Sengkang West LRT loop very closely and will request for the LRT to run dual direction when we have reach the critical threshold level.