Sengkang LRT line

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Sengkang LRT line
Laluan LRT Sengkang
செங்காங் லைட் ரெயில் வரி
SKLRT logo.png
Singapore Crystal Mover.jpg
A Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Crystal Mover on the LRT's East Loop
TypeAutomated guideway transit/People mover
SystemLight Rail Transit (Singapore)
Opened18 January 2003; 15 years ago (2003-01-18) (East Loop)
29 January 2005; 13 years ago (2005-01-29) (West Loop)
OwnerLand Transport Authority
Operator(s)SBS Transit (ComfortDelGro)
Rolling stockMitsubishi Heavy Industries Crystal Mover C810
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Crystal Mover C810A
Line length10.7 km (6.6 mi)
Track gauge1850 mm Broad Gauge
Electrification750 V DC Third rail
Route map

West loop
Cheng Lim
Sengkang East Road
Punggol Road
East loop

The Sengkang LRT line is a 10.7-kilometre (6.6 mi) automated guideway transit line in Singapore. The line, which initially opened on 18 January 2003, connects the residential districts and suburbs of Sengkang to Sengkang Town Centre, where it connects with the North East MRT line and the Sengkang Bus Interchange. It is the second line of the LRT system in Singapore and like all other LRT lines, it is fully elevated and uses automated trains. It is the first LRT line to be operated by SBS Transit.


Planning for the Sengkang LRT line was underway when the Bukit Panjang LRT was opened by then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong on 6 November 1999. Construction began in January 2000 for both the East Loop and West Loop.

On 18 January 2003, the East Loop was opened, the first section of the line to do so.[1] The West Loop, with the exception of Farmway, Cheng Lim and Kupang stations, commenced operations on 29 January 2005. These three stations then opened on 15 November 2007, 1 January 2013 and 27 June 2015 respectively.[2][3]


On 31 October 2012, the Land Transport Authority announced that starting in the first quarter of 2016, both the Sengkang and Punggol LRT systems would be upgraded to two-car trains, doubling the passenger capacity. An additional 16 more cars were to be ordered, bringing the total fleet size to 57. The longer trains also required modifications to the signalling and communication system.[4]

On 22 December 2015, the line began operating two-car trains, five years after plans to raise the capacity of the increasingly packed light-rail system were announced.[5]

Around the end of 2016, two-car trains started being deployed on both directions of the West Loop during the weekday peak hours, due to the increasing number of commuters living in new HDB flats located near Thanggam, Kupang and Farmway LRT stations. Before this, two-car trains were only deployed towards the direction of Cheng Lim during morning peak hours, and towards the direction of Renjong during evening peak hours.[citation needed]

On 15 December 2017, the Land Transport Authority said there will be limited services on parts of the Sengkang-Punggol LRT (SPLRT) on most Sundays from 14 January 2018 to 25 February 2018, to facilitate renewal and improvement works (except 18 February as it is a Chinese New Year holiday). Only one platform will open for service at 5.30am on Sundays. The other platform will open from 7am.[6][7][8]On 22 February 2018, SBS Transit said the arrangement is expected to continue until end April 2018.[9][10]

From 27 May 2018 to 7 October 2018, limited services on Sundays will continue on the Sengkang-Punggol LRT (SPLRT). One platform will open at 5.30am and the other platform will open at 5.30pm.[11][12]


Date Section
18 January 2003 East Loop completely opened in both directions throughout the day.
29 January 2005 West Loop (except for Cheng Lim, Farmway and Kupang) opened in uni-directional manner.
15 November 2007 Farmway opened for passenger service.
4 January 2010 West Loop operated in both directions during the morning and evening peak hours on weekdays.
1 January 2013 West Loop operated in both directions throughout the day and Cheng Lim was opened for passenger service.[13]
27 June 2015 Kupang opened for passenger service.[14]
Stations on the line.
Number Name Image Interchange
 STC  NE16  Sengkang STC Sengkang LRT Platform.jpg Interchange with the North East line
East Loop
 SE1  Compassvale SE1 Compassvale station exterior.jpg
 SE2  Rumbia Rumbia LRT.JPG
 SE3  Bakau SE3 Bakau Platform 2.jpg
 SE4  Kangkar Kangkar LRT Station, Oct 06.JPG
 SE5  Ranggung Ranggung LRT Station 3, Sep 06.JPG
West Loop
 SW1  Cheng Lim Cheng Lim LRT Station, Sep 05.JPG
 SW2  Farmway SW2 Farmway Concourse.jpg
 SW3  Kupang Kupang LRT.jpg
 SW4  Thanggam SW4 Thanggam LRT Concorse.jpg
 SW5  Fernvale Fernvale LRT Station 2, Aug 06.JPG
 SW6  Layar Layar LRT Station 3, Aug 06.JPG
 SW7  Tongkang Tongkang LRT Station, panorama, Aug 06.jpg
 SW8  Renjong Renjong LRT Station 2, Aug 06.JPG


There are four services in total, with two on each loop. However, on the Electronic Display, they will not show the service letters.

Service Terminal via Loop Direction
A Sengkang Compassvale East Loop Compassvale to Ranggung
Clockwise direction
B Sengkang Ranggung East Loop Ranggung to Compassvale
Anti-clockwise direction
C Sengkang Cheng Lim West Loop Cheng Lim to Renjong
Anti-clockwise direction
D Sengkang Renjong West Loop Renjong to Cheng Lim
Clockwise direction

Rolling stock[edit]

Trains operating on the line are Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Crystal Movers C810s and C810As. Trains operate from the Sengkang Depot which provides maintenance and train overhaul facilities for both the Punggol and Sengkang LRT lines. These trains operate in a single-car formation at all times and in a two-car formation during peak hours.

Train control[edit]

The line is equipped with Kyosan APM fixed block signalling system for Automatic train control (ATC) under Automatic train operation (ATO) GoA 4 (UTO).[15] The subsystems consist of Automatic train protection (ATP) to govern train speed, Automatic Train Supervision (ATS) to track and schedule trains, and a computer-based interlocking (CBI) system that prevents incorrect signal and track points settings.


  1. ^ "Free LRT service in Sengkang". Today. 17 January 2003. Retrieved 25 October 2017 – via NewspaperSG.
  2. ^ "Cheng Lim LRT station To Open And Sengkang West LRT to Run in Both Directions". SBS Transit. December 21, 2012.
  3. ^ "Kupang LRT station to open on Saturday, 27 June 2015" (PDF). SBS Transit. 15 June 2015.
  4. ^ "2-car System for Sengkang Punggol LRT by 2016; Improvements to Choa Chu Kang LRT station". Land Transport Authority. 31 October 2012. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  5. ^ Tan, Christopher (24 December 2015). "2-car trains roll out on Sengkang LRT". The Straits Times. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
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  13. ^ "Cheng Lim LRT Station To Open And Sengkang West LRT to Run in Both Directions". SBS Transit. December 21, 2012.
  14. ^ "Kupang LRT Station to open on Saturday, 27 June 2015" (PDF). SBS Transit. 15 June 2015.
  15. ^ "Products and Services | Kyosan Electric Mfg. Co., Ltd". Retrieved 2017-06-13.

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Tongkang LRT station is in the centre, with Sengkang Depot behind it. In the distant background there are the HDB blocks of Hougang.
Panoramic view showing the Sengkang LRT line (SKLRT). Renjong LRT station lies to the left, and the Sengkang Depot for North East line and SKLRT to the right. In the distant background lie Buangkok and Hougang.