Saturday, December 17, 2011

SMRT Train Service Down Again...

Again, this morning, the SMRT train service is down and service is disrupted from 7:09am to 1:48pm. Just within 4 days, the trains service got disrupted 3 times which is certainly unacceptable by the Public. There have been many complaints and unhappiness about all these incidents. There have been much inconvenience caused to all, especially when it happened during the peak/ rushing hours to work / off office.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has now stepped in and ordered a public inquiry, after trains on the North-South line broke down on today morning - the third MRT disruption in four days.

A thorough check of the rail system shall begin on Saturday 17/Dec after the train services end and MRT service on Sunday 18/Dec for the North-South and East-West lines will start later at 10:00am instead of usual 5:30am, after all checks are done. Services for the Circle Line and North-East Line will not be affected though.

While Transport Minister Mr Lui said that it's not necessary to conduct "thorough health checks" on the Circle Line and North East Line, I find the statement a bit... Shouldn't the same mentality be adopted to preparing for terrorism?

Most are aware the Circle line is down too just not long ago, is it true that we need not carry out a thorough check for the entire network instead? Shouldn't be countermeasure be taken to avoid having similar issues happening ago to the rest of the train service lines, instead of waiting for things to happen to take the corrective action to remedy the situation?

Anyway, back to the topic of service disruption. Hereby, I would like to gently remind all who are planning to travel early tomorrow moring North-South or East-West direction, that the train service will not be available until 10am, however, there are shuttle bus services services provided during the interval of 5:30am-10:00am. You can check out the SMRT website for information on shuttle bus pick up points.

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