Bukit Panjang LRT Line

  Bukit Panjang LRT Line  
A typical BPLRT station
A typical BPLRT station
Type Light Rail Transit
Station Count 14
Line length 7.8km
Termini Choa Chu Kang
Ten Mile Junction
Depot Ten Mile Junction
Operational Data
Operators SMRT Trains
Rolling stock Bombardier Innovia APM 100 (C801)
Bombardier Innovia APM 100 (C801A)
Electrification 600V AC power rail
Track gauge Central guideway with rubber tyres
Opened 6 Nov 1999

The Bukit Panjang Light Rail Transit (BPLRT) is a light rail line serving residential estates within Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panjang. The 7.8-kilometre network is the first driverless and fully automated train system in Singapore. Opened on 6 November 1999, the line operates on the Bombardier Innovia APM 100 rolling stock, which are rubber-tyred automated people movers operating in single-car and double-car arrangements.

Unlike other train lines in Singapore, the Bukit Panjang LRT using Service Letters to indicate its direction of travel and destination. This is due to the unique, non-linear shape of the line, which branches out at Bukit Panjang Station. Trains travelling from Choa Chu Kang will split directions at Bukit Panjang station, making either a clockwise or anti-clockwise loop before returning to Bukit Panjang station.

The Bukit Panjang LRT was developed to extend the reach of the MRT network closer to residents with stations situated within the Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panjang neighbourhood, connecting to the heavy-rail North South Line and Downtown Lines. It also complements existing trunk and feeder bus services within the two estates.

Train Services

The BPLRT operates with three routes, namely Service A, B and C.

Both Services A and B start from Choa Chu Kang, and upon reaching Bukit Panjang station, Service A will travel around Bukit Panjang estate in a clockwise fashion via Senja station, while Service B travels the counter-clockwise loop via Petir station. Both will meet up and Bukit Panjang and continue towards Choa Chu Kang where they terminate.

Service C is a supplementary service that starts and ends at Ten Mile Junction station via the Bukit Panjang loop. It operates every 20 minutes, and loops within the Bukit Panjang estate in a clockwise direction similar to Service A.

Service Terminus via Notes
A Choa Chu Kang Bukit Panjang & Senja (Clockwise loop) Full Day
B Choa Chu Kang Bukit Panjang & Petir (Counter-Clockwise loop) Full Day
C Ten Mile Junction Bukit Panjang & Senja (Clockwise loop) Every 20mins

Service C operates between 10.00am and 11.10pm daily. It suspends operations between 4.15pm and 9.15pm on Weekdays, and operates continuously on Weekends and Public Holidays.

Diagram of LRT services A, B and C. The station codes have since been changed.
Diagram of LRT services A, B and C. The station codes have since been changed.

In the event of a train disruption, shuttle buses will be activated. Please refer to this LRT disruption guide for more information.

Stations

Rolling Stock

The Bukit Panjang LRT operates on the Bombardier Innovia APM 100 rolling stock. An initial 19 trainsets were delivered in 1999 under Contract 801, which bear a turquoise livery. An additional 13 trainsets were delivered in 2014 under Contract 801A, bearing SMRT’s pixel livery and a slightly different exterior design.

These trains, also known as automated people movers, are rubber-tyred for minimized operating noise within built-up areas and guided by a central guideway which also contains a power rail. They operate in both single-car and double-car arrangements, paired with a similar model (C801 and C801A trainsets are not cross-coupled).

Platform edge barriers at Keat Hong station
Platform edge barriers at Keat Hong station

Future Upgrades

By 2017, all stations along the Bukit Panjang LRT will be fitted with fixed, half-height platform barriers in an effort to improve commuter safety. Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panjang stations were the first to be installed with these barriers in 2015, in anticipation of higher commuter traffic with the opening of Downtown Line 2. All stations would eventually be installed with the platform barriers.


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