The 66 Kawasaki Heavy Industries C151 trains were first introduced during the opening of the North-South (NSL) and East-West (EWL) lines between 1987 and 1989 and have now reached the end of their functional life. LTA has confirmed that it plans to retain several of the trains for educational and training purposes, with the remainder planned to be sold or scrapped.

The decommissioning will coincide with the introduction of a fleet of 66 new Bombardier Movia 6-car trains scheduled to begin arriving in 2021.

The new trains will incorporate a range of integrated condition-monitoring sensors for the detection of emerging faults, increasing the efficiency of maintenance and increase train safety. In addition, improvements for customers will include space for prams and wheelchairs, reduced gaps between train and platform, and LCD screens for displaying travel information.

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