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Singapore MRT expansion to be delayed due to COVID-19; first-generation rail rolling stock decommissioned [free access]

June 24, 2020

Singapore’s Ministry of Transport has announced that the expansion of the country’s mass rapid transit (MRT) network is expected to be delayed due to non-availability of construction workers due to COVID-19. The national government aims to hit the target of expanding the MRT network to around 360 km by 2039. The key projects expected to be executed are development of select sections of Thomson–East Coast Line (TEL), a section of Cross Island Line, and Jurong Region Line.


In addition, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has started works to decommission a batch of 66 first-generation trains deployed on the North–South and East–West lines. These trains were supplied by Japan-based Kawasaki Heavy Industries and have been operational for over three decades. These trains underwent a mid-life refurbishment in 2004. These trains will be replaced by trains supplied by Bombardier, which will be delivered in batches from 2021 onwards.