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Commuters wait to board a MRT train at a station in Singapore Reuters (Representational Image)

Singapore's Transport Authority said on Friday that two new platforms will open at Choa Chu Kang Light Rail Transit (LRT) station on Dec 27 to help ease congestion at the existing platform.

The authorities said the new platforms will allow for designated areas for boarding and alighting. The commuters, who will arrive at the station, will alight at the new platforms and then only the doors facing the existing platform will open for boarding passengers.

The project for the new platform was first announced in 2012 and completed on Oct 31 this year. The platforms, which are a part of improvement works, were built at a cost of S$12 million.

Along with this, new fare gates were also installed at the LRT station, as well as the connecting MRT station. A transfer staircase has also been widened to ease congestion from the LRT to the MRT station platform.

The LTA said that this move will help to improve the commuting experience and also allow people to reach the nearby bus interchange and mall more easily.