Saturday, April 21, 2012

Experts to look at transport issues anticipate future problems

SINGAPORE: A joint team of experts from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SMRT set up last week will systematically look at transportation issues and make sure the problems are properly rectified.

The team will also look at potential vulnerable areas to anticipate problems in the future.

Speaking at the sidelines of an event at National Junior College, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew addressed the recent MRT disruptions over the past week.

He said as the team is made up of manufacturers and train providers, they will be able to advise on what are some of the series of faults and problems that the trains will face as they age.

Mr Lui had a meeting with SMRT's management, saying he wanted to emphasise that taking "a business as usual approach" was not sufficient.

SMRT shared with him that they are taking steps to do complete replacement of component parts when they think it is necessary, as opposed to only replacing parts when they break down.

Mr Lui added that improvements are needed in SMRT's emergency response plan.

This means giving out information to commuters in a more timely manner and ensuring bus drivers of bridging services are properly briefed.

"I think with a complex system like this, given the number of trains we operate, the number of trips, the number of passengers, I think you will find that there will be breakdowns.

"The most important thing is to try and minimise the number of such incidents and as much as possible to make sure that the serious disruptions where you have the need to effect bus bridging, where disruptions affect tens of thousands of commuters, such serious disruptions are kept to the barest minimum.

"The recent spate of serious disruptions happening over the past week is not acceptable," Mr Lui said.

- CNA/ck

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Source From Channel News Asia

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