The Sengkang LRT West Loop was opened in January 2005, 2 years after the opening of the East loop in 2003. Since the beginning of its operation, LRT trains serving the West Loop only ply in one direction all day till recently in January 2010 where during weekdays on peak hours, the trains will ply on both directions. This was indeed welcome.
However, with the growth in the population in Anchorvale and Fernvale, and increased ridership, residents have been experiencing congestion especially during the peak hours. This problem has been highlighted to LTA and SBST with frequent requests to improve on the frequency.
From 8th August, 34 more trips will be added daily during the weekday peak hours. This will reduce waiting time by about a minute on average. Another 47 trips will be added throughout the day on weekends. This will definitely help alleviate the current congestion faced on a daily basis by residents.
I will continue to monitor the ridership closely and will request for full bidirectional service (full day) once we have met the target. I believe this will not be too long taking into consideration the rapid developments in Sengkang West.