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[Press Release] Completion of Sleeper Replacement Programme on the North-South and East-West Lines
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Completion of Sleeper Replacement Programme on the North-South and East-West Lines
Press Release 20/01/17

1. Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, officiated the completion of the sleeper replacement programme on the North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL) today. This marks a significant milestone of a four-year effort to improve commuter experience on the 29-year-old NSEWL, Singapore’s oldest and most heavily-utilised rail lines.

2. The 188,000 wooden sleepers have been in use since the NSEWL started operations close to thirty years ago, and were nearing the end of their useful life. In August 2013, LTA and SMRT embarked on a multi-year project to replace these ageing wooden sleepers with concrete sleepers, along all 200km of tracks on the NSEWL. Besides being more durable, the completion of the sleeper replacement will also improve journey times and provide commuters a smoother ride.

3. A commemorative plaque, signed by Minister Khaw, will be installed at Clementi MRT Station, where the last batch of wooden sleepers were replaced with concrete sleepers on the westbound track on 20 December 2016.

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