Seen these on the MRT lately?

Seen these on the MRT lately?

Train passengers travelling on the North East Line (NEL) in recent weeks would have noticed something new during their commute.

Nearly all NEL train carriages now have octagonal overhead handrails installed, providing passengers with more handholds.

Frequent NEL commuters whom My Paper spoke to yesterday said they noticed the new handrails on the trains in the past month or so.

A check with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) revealed that 23 of the 25 NEL trains have been equipped with the additional handrails.

The last two trains will be fitted with the handrails in the next two weeks.

This is part of the LTA's move, which was announced in February, to facilitate boarding and spread passengers more uniformly in train carriages.

To be completed by the middle of next year, the initiative involves adding handrails, and removing grab poles at the centre of the train-door area, to enable passengers to get in and out of a train more easily.

Modifications are being made on trains of the North South East West Lines (NSEWL) and Circle Line (CCL) to add two rows of overhead handrails between the seats, in addition to the existing handrails in the centre.

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