New trains with LCD displays in service

New trains with LCD displays in service
The new trains with features such as new double LCD display screens
PHOTO: The Straits Times

IT project manager Kumarakurubaran, 41, was among those who rode on the brand-new SMRT train sporting its orange, red and black livery after it left Bishan depot yesterday at about 8.30am.

It is the first of 57 additional new trains that will eventually be added to the ageing North-South and East-West Lines by 2019.

They will be fitted with a new signalling system and LCD display boards showing information such as the upcoming stops on the line, a list of nearby attractions and their closest exits.

Train enthusiasts and commuters ride the first of 57 additional new trains.Photo: The Straits Times

Mr Kumarakurubaran, who boarded at the Yishun MRT station, described the new LCD displays as more user-friendly.

The new train comes with clearer markings for wheelchair areas located in the two middle cars.

A sign on the floor for wheelchair userPhoto: The Straits Times

All-day tests for the new signalling system, which will allow trains to run 100 seconds apart instead of the present 120 seconds, will be carried out on Sundays, the first of which also began yesterday.

The interior of the new SMRT train.Photo: The Straits Times

The Sunday tests, expected to last for two months, will replace weekday tests which began on March 28 during the last hour of service and ended last Thursday.

The new SMRT train (Right)Photo: The Straits Times

This article was first published on Apr 17, 2017.
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