MRT stations along the East-West line will close half an hour earlier before end of business time because transport operator SMRT and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) want to replace the railway sleeper.

The affected stations will be from Tanah Merah to Bugis and will close half an hour earlier between Sundays to Thursdays from November 15 onwards. Henceforth, there are no train service along the East-West line from as early as 11.15pm onwards. The shorten train service operating hours will expect to continue until early 2017 according to SMRT which appealed for understanding from the public.

SMRT is however expected to earn more profit from the removal of the last 30 minutes of operating hours which normally has unproductive passenger load unlike the peak hours.

Despite poorer service standards and now lesser service hours, SMRT did not offer to compensate Singapore commuters for the inconvenience caused. A fare raise has been requested by both SBS and SMRT last month and will poised to take effect next month in November, with the cooperation of the government’s Public Transport Council.

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