SMRT refurbishes escalators at 42 train stations

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SINGAPORE - SMRT said on Tuesday (Aug 16) that it will refurbish escalators at 42 stations along the North-South East-West Lines (NSEWL) - the first major refurbishment of escalators at stations since the MRT began operations in 1987.

In a press release, the public transport service operator said that commuters can look forward to newer and more energy efficient escalators after the upgrade.

The refurbishment of each escalator, which includes installation of new parts such as traction motors and 'traffic lights' indicating the direction of travel, will take eight to ten weeks to complete.

SMRT added that refurbishment work will be carried out on only one escalator at a time at each station to minimise inconvenience to commuters.

Work has commenced at Ang Mo Kio MRT station, and will start at Tanah Merah MRT station later this month and Tanjong Pagar MRT station in November this year.

According to SMRT, a total of 233 escalators at 42 of the 541 MRT stations along the NSEWL will be refurbished. The upgrade is expected to be completed by end 2021.

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