den such news should b broadcasted on radio ASAP so other forms of public transport operators can rush to serve those affacted mah!
This looks interesting . . . . . There is a reason that MRT train feels less frequent and more crowded..
with a little nugget spotted - "from the annual report, passenger trips have increased 11% from 2002 - 389.7m to 434.9m. However, car kilometres operated dropped from 81.4m to 77.1m. SMRTC has been aggressively cutting costs by cramming as much as people into each train and reducing frequencies since 2004, to maximise shareholder value."
Today online.com : Singapore News // Thursday, January 24, 2008
Disruptions: SMRT explains
Even as SMRT sought to explain in detail Monday's seven-hour train disruption, commuters encountered a minor glitch late last night. Train services on the North-South line were delayed when a defective train was forced to offload passengers at Raffles MRT Station at about 11.10pm.
It then proceeded slowly to Newton station, in turn causing following trains to slowdown. SMRT said there was no halt to service and trains were back up to speed within 30 minutes.
In a statement yesterday, the train operator said Monday's disruption between Pasir Ris and Tanah Merah MRT stations was caused by an accident between a locomotive and a maintenance vehicle. It said recovery of the vehicle – known as a rail-grinding vehicle – was slow as officers did not want to damage the tracks.
It added that more than 400 staff were activated as early as 4.40am to assist commuters and resume service. It deployed 70 buses because this was the maximum number possible without disrupting regular services islandwide, to ferry passengers from Pasir Ris, Tampines and Simei stations to Tanah Merah. But the buses were slow in transferring these commuters because of heavy traffic on the roads.
Responding to grouses from the public that they were kept in the dark about the situation, SMRT said regular updates were sent to radio and television stations from as early as 5.10am, and subsequently at half- to one-hour intervals. These were in addition to SMRT's normal travel information channels.
SMRT said it recognises there is room for service improvement and would take all feedback into consideration when refining its plans.
Last edited by megaweb; 25th January 2008 at 01:06 PM.
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how come Megaweb's post soo loonng de ah?
i think our train system needs an overhaul ah, SMRT should earn to spend on upkeep.
our trains slow down, S'pore oso slow down. if our train stops, *ahem ahem*...
now, the cause of the disruption is out. a damage of the rail grinding vehicle by a locomotive. however, the cause of the aforesaid damage is still being investigated.
At 0440, 400 staff were activated but still fail to control the human traffic. Do we need that many staff for such incident.