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Singapore To Add Two New Subway Lines By 2030
Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-01/17/c_132109395.htm
Source Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs
Country: Singapore
Created: Jan 17, 2013

SINGAPORE, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Singapore will add two new subway lines and expand three existing lines by 2030, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said on Thursday.

The rail network stretch in the city state is also expected to double to 360 kilometers from the current 178 kilometers, potentially putting Singapore ahead of Hong Kong and Tokyo, and on the par with New York, local media reports said.

By then, eight in ten households will have a train station within a ten-minute walk, compared with about six in ten currently.

Lui announced the plan as he visited a local train station on Thursday. The plans came after a review of the Land Transport Master Plan.

One of the new lines will be the 50-kilometer Cross Island Line running from the Jurong Industrial Estate in the west of the island to Changi near the airport in the east. It will be connected to all the existing lines and is expected to relieve the load of the current East-West and North-East lines and shorten journey times significantly.

The other new line Jurong Region Line will be completed in 2025. The 20-kilometer line will be mainly in the west.

The existing Circle Line, Downtown Line and North-East Line will be extended.

The population of Singapore has grown steadily from 1.65 million in 1960 to 4.03 million in 2000, and then to 5.31 million in 2012. The fast growth of the population, while contributing to the remarkable growth of the Singapore economy, also led to pressure on infrastructure, including the rail network.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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