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The new Canberra station, located between Sembawang and Yishun stations on the North-South Line, will open on Nov 2 this year.
Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan made the announcement during a site visit of the station on Monday (May 20) afternoon.
The station, which is only the second to be built on an existing line after Dover station on the East-West Line, is a 10-minute walk away from an estimated 17,000 households in nearby estates such as Sembawang Springs, EastLink I and II @ Canberra and Eastwave @ Canberra.
When it is opened, passengers travelling towards the city or Jurong East will save up to 10 minutes on their daily commute. Mr Khaw had said in May last year that the station would open by December this year.
About 75 per cent of construction works at Canberra station have been completed so far.
Five MRT stations, from Admiralty to Yio Chu Kang, were closed over the Vesak Day long weekend from Saturday to Monday to facilitate the construction of a crossover track near the upcoming station.
The 72m-long crossover track built between Sembawang and Canberra stations will allow trains on the NSL to bypass a faulty stretch of a train track by crossing from the northbound track to the southbound track, or vice versa, when a track fault occurs.
This article first appeared on www.straitstimes.com
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