SINGAPORE: The sleeper replacement programme on the North-South Line (NSL) will be completed by the end of April, SMRT and the Land Transport Authority announced in a joint news release on Saturday (Apr 25).
The sleeper replacement programme has been part of a multi-year effort to enhance the reliability of the North-South and East-West Lines. With the completion of the programme on the NSL, speed restrictions on trains will be lifted and train journey times are expected to be shortened by 10 to 15 per cent.
For the East-West Line (EWL), sleeper replacement works will commence from mid-May 2015. More than 92,000 timber sleepers between Boon Lay and Tiong Bahru, as well as between Lavender and Pasir Ris, will be replaced with concrete ones.
Works on the EWL are expected to be completed by end-2016. To facilitate the works, SMRT will end train services earlier at certain stations along the line.