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SMRT Corp said that its engineering staff have made "good progress" on the various on-going renewal projects along the North-South (NSL) and East-West Lines (EWL), enabling the train operator to resume regular services seven weeks ahead of schedule.
Since June 2016, services at 13 stations along the EWL and NSL have been starting service up to an hour later.
The later opening on Sundays has allowed its project teams, track patrol teams and maintenance teams to gain the equivalent of an extra work hour every Sunday morning for track maintenance and renewal work over the western segment of the NSL and EWL before trains resume passenger service.
"As engineering staff have made good progress with work on the tracks, the plan to start Sunday rail services later on Sundays over a 6-month period (from June 5, 2016 to December 18, 2016) has been shortened to 22 Sundays - seven Sundays ahead of schedule,'' SMRT said.
Over the past 20 weeks, SMRT engineering staff have replaced more than 2,300 sleepers and more than 3.2 kilometres of additional Third Rail.