Punggol LRT Line

  Punggol LRT Line  
PGLRT rail viaducts
PGLRT rail viaducts
Type Light Rail Transit
Station Count 15 (inclusive of 1 unopened)
Line length 10.3 km
Termini Punggol
Depot Sengkang Depot
Operational Data
Operators SBS Transit
Rolling stock Mitsubishi Crystal Mover (C810)
Mitsubishi Crystal Mover (C810A)
Electrification 750 V DC third rail
Track gauge Side-mounted guideway with rubber tyres
Opened 29 Jan 2005 (East Loop)
29 Jun 2014 (West Loop)

The Punggol Light Rail Transit (PGLRT) is a light rail line serving residential estates within the Punggol New Town, operated by SBS Transit. The 10.3-kilometre network is the third LRT system in Singapore after the Sengkang LRT. Opened on 29 January 2005, the line operates on the Crystal Mover rolling stock produced by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which are rubber-tyred automated people movers operating in single-car and double-car arrangements.

The line is formed of two loops serving the eastern and western parts of the estate. Punggol station, located in the town centre, serves as an interchange between both loops and the North East Line. LRT train services operate in both directions for both loops, serving a total of 15 stops, inclusive of 2 stops yet to be opened.

The Punggol LRT was developed to extend the reach of the MRT network closer to residents with stations situated within the Punggol neighbourhood. Running on elevated viaducts along its whole route, the LRT complements existing trunk and feeder bus services within the estate.

History

The East Loop started limited operations on 29 January 2005 and full operations by 20 June 2011. Limited operations on the West Loop started from 29 June 2014.

  • 29 Jan 2005: East Loop opens (except Oasis and Damai stations). Unidirectional services operate in the clockwise direction before 3pm, and in the counter-clockwise direction after 3pm.
  • 15 Jun 2007: Oasis station opens
  • 20 Jun 2011: Damai station opens. East Loop operates bidirectionally throughout the day.
  • 29 Jun 2014: West loop opens (except Sam Kee, Teck Lee, Punggol Point and Samudera stations). Unidirectional services operate in the counter-clockwise direction before 3pm, and in the clockwise direction after 3pm.
  • 29 Feb 2016: Sam Kee station opens
  • 05 Dec 2016: Begins two-car train operations
  • 29 Dec 2016: Punggol Point station opens
  • 31 Mar 2017: Samudera Station opens

Teck Lee station will open in tandem with the area’s surrounding developments.

Train Services

The PGLRT operates with four routes across two loops. Services A and B operate in the counter-clockwise and clockwise directions of the East Loop respectively. Services C and D operate in the counter-clockwise and clockwise directions of the West Loop respectively. For the ease of communication, we would refer to them as inner or outer loops. Trains travel on the left, similar to right-hand-drive traffic flow in Singapore.

Service Terminus via Notes
A Punggol East Loop inner (Cove to Damai) Full Day
B Punggol East Loop outer (Damai to Cove) Full Day
C Punggol West Loop inner (Sam Kee to Soo Teck) Daily, till 3:00 p.m
D Punggol West Loop outer (Soo Teck to Sam Kee) Daily, from 3:00 p.m

In the event of a train disruption, shuttle buses will be activated. Please refer to the rail bridging information available at every LRT Station.

Stations

East Loop West Loop

Rolling Stock

The Punggol LRT operates on the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Crystal Mover rolling stock shared with the Sengkang LRT. An initial 41 trainsets entered service in 2003 under Contract 810. An additional 16 trainsets were delivered in 2016 under Contract 810A, bearing only minor exterior differences from its predecessor. They are maintained and stabled at Sengkang Depot, with a service track between the Punggol and Sengkang LRT systems for the Punggol LRT trains to head to and from the depot.

These trains, also known as automated people movers, are rubber-tyred for minimized operating noise within built-up areas and guided by two side rails and a power rail on either side. They operate in both single-car and double-car arrangements.

Two-Car Trains

Two-car train operations began on 5 December 2016 on the Punggol East LRT, operating during off-peak periods while still on They were launched during peak hours from 29 December 2016.

Future Upgrades

By 2018, all stations along the Punggol LRT will be fitted with fixed, half-height platform barriers in an effort to improve commuter safety.


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