A new platform will be added to the Tanah Merah MRT station to help commuters travelling towards Expo and Changi Airport.
With a third platform, there will be two tracks for the East-West Line and another two, heading to and from Changi Airport. With this, trains are expected to arrive and depart at shorter intervals.
Enhancement works will commence in 2016, and are expected to be completed in 2024.
“Together with the construction of a new platform, existing MRT tracks will also be extended to connect to the new four-in-one depot at Changi, which will house trains from the East-West Line, Downtown Line and Thomson-East Coast Line, as well as a bus depot,” the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a statement.
This will be the second MRT station in Singapore to have tracks added to its original configuration.
“During the construction phase, LTA will work with the contractors to implement dust and noise control measures on site. Noise barriers and privacy screens will also be installed along the new viaduct to mitigate the impact on residents living close to the station,” LTA added.
Optima @ Tanah Merah is currently the nearest development to the affected station. Other upcoming projects nearby, such as The Glades, Urban Vista and eCO are expected to be completed in 2017.
Image (by LTA): Artist’s Impression of Tanah Merah Station in 2024