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[News Article] Design of S’pore’s oldest MRT lines not ideal and improvements will take time
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Design of S’pore’s oldest MRT lines not ideal and improvements will take time, says Khaw
From: TODAY
By: KENNETH CHENG
Date: 07/11/17

SINGAPORE — Due to budgetary considerations faced by the government decades ago and the island’s land scarcity, the design of the North-South and East-West lines — Singapore’s oldest MRT lines which were opened in 1987 — is not ideal.

And overcoming the constraints would require the halting of operations for an extended period and at large costs to taxpayers, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan told the House on Tuesday (Nov 7).

For instance, the two lines, which account for about 60 per cent of the MRT ridership, have relied only on one depot in Bishan over the last 30 years because of “budget constraints” at the time of design.

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