New MRT network map to be rolled out at all stations by Jan 31, 2020
SINGAPORE — All Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Light Rapid Transit (LRT) stations will have an updated network map, which will include Singapore’s sixth and newest line, the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL), by Jan 31 next year.
SINGAPORE — All Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Light Rapid Transit (LRT) stations will have an updated network map, which will include Singapore’s sixth and newest line, the Thomson-East Coast Line, by Jan 31 next year.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) unveiled the new map on Wednesday (Dec 11) ahead of the opening of the first phase of the Thomson-East Coast Line, where three stations — Woodlands North, Woodlands and Woodlands South — will be in operation.
The map has been redesigned to make it easier for commuters to find their way, the authority said.
The Circle Line now serves as a focal point on the map and prominent landmarks, such as Marina Bay Sands, the Merlion and Gardens by the Bay, have been added to their corresponding stations to help commuters orientate themselves quickly.
QR codes have also been introduced on the new map, linking users to LTA’s online fare calculator as well as downloadable maps in four languages.
Besides the new map, LTA will use new directional signs at train stations starting with the Thomson-East Coast Line.
These signs will have larger font, new and improved icons, sharper colour contrast and improved designs, making it easier for commuters to read and understand the information provided.
Madam Sim Siew Hong, a 67-year-old grassroots leader with the Admiralty ward, is looking forward to the opening of the new Woodlands South MRT Station.
It is a five- to seven-minute walk from her home.
Her nearest MRT station for now is Woodlands on the North-South Line, which is a 20-minute walk away.
She also gave the thumbs-up to the new signs and map.
“It’s easier to understand, especially for the elderly.”
Work to redesign the transit map and signs started in 2015 and included consultations with community groups such as SG Trains, a group of train enthusiasts.
Mr Liang Ge Song, director of the group, said that the new directional signs are “much friendlier to those who are illiterate and don’t understand English”.
Mr Baey Yam Keng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, said that the new signs and the map are aimed at improving navigation for commuters.
“With an ageing population, we also want to encourage the elderly to make use of the train and, therefore, signages to take them to the station are very important,” he said.