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Two-car solution for LRTs

As published in The Straits Times
10 Oct 2010

By Goh Chin Lian

THE Light Rail Transit (LRT) cars in Sengkang and Punggol are jam-packed during the morning and evening peak hours, and transport planners are looking to do something about it.

The Straits Times saw that each car had people standing right up against the doors when it visited the Sengkang and Compassvale stations at the end of last month. Some commuters, unable to board, had no choice but to wait for the next one.

Each of these single-car, driverless pods can carry 105 commuters.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA), anticipating a future spike in ridership, told The Straits Times that it is looking into using two train cars on each run that the LRT takes on raised tracks through Sengkang and Punggol.

The two-car solution has been implemented successfully elsewhere. Japanese engineering company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries - which supplied the one-car LRT system for Sengkang, Punggol and Changi Airport - has installed two-car …

New hospital will most likely be in Punggol, Sengkang area

As published in Today paper
on 07 Oct 2010

by Vimita Mohandas

SINGAPORE - A new hospital would most likely be built in the north-east, according to Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

Punggol 21 is among the sites that have been suggested, he said yesterday.

The new general hospital would likely be built in the second half of the decade to serve the expanding population living in the north-east. While it is not yet a firm commitment, he said it is inevitable, given the expanding population.

Mr Khaw hinted it would be located near an MRT station as access to public transportation was essential for patients.

He said: "Punggol 21 is expanding ... In the north-east, it is really the Sengkang and Punggol area because the population in the future will be quite significant."

Speaking at a healthcare quality improvement conference, he also said the ground-breaking for the new Jurong General Hospital will take place next month. It will open before 2015 to serve the residents living in the west…

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