Kupang Station on the Sengkang West Light Rapid Transit (LRT) system will open for passenger service on Saturday, 27 June 2015. This is to cater to the travel needs of commuters moving into the new residential developments in the area. With its opening, all the stations on the Sengkang LRT system will be fully operational.
To also cater to the increased demand, an additional 194 weekly trips will be added to the Sengkang West Loop. Forty new weekly trips will be added to the weekday morning schedule from 6.00am to 9.30am, while another 40 additional weekly trips will be introduced during the weekday evening hours from 6.15pm to 9.30pm. Besides enhancing capacity, they will reduce waiting time - from the current five to six minutes to four to five minutes in the mornings and from the existing four to five minutes to three to four minutes in the evenings. On weekends, 57 more trips will be added per day and these will run throughout operating hours until 11.00pm.
Concurrently, on the Punggol East Loop, 70 new weekly trips will be added to the weekday evening schedule from 6.15pm to 9.30pm.
In all, a total of 264 weekly trips will be added starting from Saturday, 27 June 2015.
SBS Transit Chief Executive Officer, Mr Gan Juay Kiat, said: "We have been closely monitoring the housing and commercial developments in the Sengkang and Punggol areas. With the opening of Kupang Station, our entire Sengkang LRT line is now fully operational and with more than 260 new weekly trips being added to the system, we hope that this will better serve our commuters and provide them with greater travelling convenience."
Demand on the Sengkang LRT has grown with average daily ridership increasing by about 9% to about 60,000 compared to a year ago while average daily ridership on the Punggol LRT saw an increase of slightly more than 10% over the same period.
Please refer to the attached poster for more details.