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Heavy Urban Rail in Singapore


Tourists visit Singapore in thousands throughout the year, and still others leave their own countries to live as expatriates in Singapore adding to the already present locals in Singapore. The rising population of Singapore compelled the government to think of another form of transportation other than the road. Although road transport has always been a favorite with the Singaporeans, the establishment of the railway service increased the transportation options for the residents. The Singapore Railway Network comprises of three types of rail systems of which the most popular, which forms the largest part of the railway system is the Heavy Urban Rail in Singapore, a subcategory of the local rail network in Singapore.

Heavy Urban Rail in Singapore is believed to be the nervous system of the Railway Network in Singapore as it assists in the movement of the residents and tourists along all the directions within the nation.

From north to south and east to west, this Heavy Urban Rail intersects the island in all possible ways.The number of passengers carried by the Heavy Urban Rail is not as much as the buses till date, but is slowly gaining popularity. The word 'Heavy' has been used to describe this network because the number of people who take this transport and also the distance covered by the same.

Spread over a distance ranging one hundred and nine kilometers having sixty-seven stations, the Heavy Urban Rail in Singapore indeed proves to be the most significant part of the Singapore Railways.
This Heavy Urban Rail is operated and controlled by two different Transport operators each handling different sections. While the North South Line and East West Line are under SMRT Corporation, the North East Line is under the SBS Transit. One more Heavy Rail Line, Circle, which will start its operation from the year 2010 onward, is to be under the SMRT Corporation.

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