Sengkang LRT Line

  Sengkang LRT Line  
SKLRT station platform
SKLRT station platform
Type Light Rail Transit
Station Count 14
Line length 10.7 km
Termini Sengkang
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 18 Jan 2003 (East Loop)
29 Jan 2005 (West Loop)

The Sengkang Light Rail Transit (SKLRT) is a light rail line serving residential estates within the Sengkang New Town, operated by SBS Transit. The 10.7-kilometre network is the second LRT system in Singapore after the Bukit Panjang LRT. Opened on 18 January 2003, 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. Sengkang 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.

The Sengkang LRT was developed to extend the reach of the MRT network closer to residents with stations situated within the Sengkang 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 full operations on 18 January 2003 followed by limited operations on the West Loop starting from 29 January 2005. The line eventually opened in stages and was fully open by 27 June 2015.

  • 18 Jan 2003: East Loop opened with bidirectional train services
  • 29 Jan 2005: West Loop opens (except Cheng Lim, Farmway and Kupang stations). Unidirectional services operate in the counter-clockwise direction before 3pm, and in the clockwise direction after 3pm.
  • 15 Nov 2007: Farmway station opens
  • 04 Jan 2010: West loop operates bidirectionally during the peak hours
  • 01 Jan 2013: Cheng Lim station opens, West loop operates bidirectionally throughout the day
  • 27 Jun 2015: Kupang station opens

Train Services

The SKLRT operates with four routes across two loops. Services A and B operate in the clockwise and counter-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 Sengkang East Loop outer (Compassvale to Ranggung) Full Day
B Sengkang East Loop inner (Ranggung to Compassvale) Full Day
C Sengkang West Loop inner (Cheng Lim to Renjong) Full Day
D Sengkang West Loop outer (Renjong to Cheng Lim) Full Day

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

Stations

East Loop West Loop

Except for Sengkang interchange station, all other Sengkang LRT stations are built to similar design. Built in the median of a road, these stations are three storeys high with an island platform and a central overhead bridge connecting to exits on both side of the road. Fernvale station is the only exception, which uses side platforms and is not located on a road median.

Rolling Stock

The Sengkang LRT operates on the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Crystal Mover rolling stock shared with the Punggol 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.

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.

Future Upgrades

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


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