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Tag Archives: SMRT

NTWU appeals against the dismissal of two SMRT drivers

The National Transport Workers' Union (NTWU) stated in a media release on Monday (19 September) that it had filed an appeal to the management of SMRT against the dismissal of its two drivers. Mr Melvin Yong, NTWU's executive secretary, said, 'We have raised further queries relating to the incident in our appeal to the company.' He also said that the …

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LTA: The first batch of US-made trains also had cracks

LTA (Land Transport Authority) said that the entire first batch of US-made trains which arrived here in 1999 also had cracks due to "normal wear and tear", and 12 of them had been fixed here in Singapore. LTA had earlier confessed in its press release that 26 out of 35 China-made trains which has been delivered to the country had hairline cracks …

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LTA: Trains on North-South and East-West Lines safe for service

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has issued a press release on Wednesday evening to address some of the issues relating to the 26 North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL) trains that had defects found on them, emphasizing that the trains on NSEWL are safe for service. It was earlier reported on Tuesday by FactWire, an investigative news agency that defective trains were secretly returned …

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Widow of technican killed by LRT sued SMRT for negligence in 2010

The track incident that led to the deaths of the two young SMRT trainees - Nasrulhudin Najumudin and Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari - was tragic, avoidable and certainly not unprecedented. In fact, just 6 years back, SMRT Technician Mr Chia Teck Heng was killed under similar circumstances. In the morning of 27 October 2010, Mr Chia Teck Heng, a technician who …

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NS and NEL lines experience service disruption after Jubilee weekend

This morning as commuters on the North-South Line were making their way back to work and school after the Jubilee Weekend, train disruption took place along the North South Line between Choa Chu Kang MRT and Jurong East MRT station. These delays were said to have occurred at about 7.30am. There was no mention of the train disruption via the …

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Cause of mass train disruption identified, could have been prevented

SMRT Pte Ltd and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has identified the massive train disruption that occurred last month on 7 July to be caused by a water leak into weakened electrical systems. The disruption crippled both the North South Lines and the East West Lines during rush hour and left a quarter of a million people stranded. In a …

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Do we really need a Transport Minister?

By Howard Lee It would be fair to say that following the massive train breakdown on the evening of 7 July, public calls for SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek and Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew to step down would be futile. There has been no such precedence in Singapore, and coming so close to a general election, it would be highly …

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SMRT Breakdowns: What has happened since 2012?

By Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss Yesterday (7 July 2015) saw an extensive MRT breakdown: the North-South and East-West lines were disrupted for hours. An estimated 250,000 commuters were affected by what could turn out to be the largest MRT breakdown in history. Singaporeans are shocked, and are fully entitled to ask: what has happened since 2012? After an unprecedented spate of breakdowns …

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SMRT Fiasco – Time for heads to roll

By Ariffin Sha To call it a disaster may be an understatement for the quarter of a million people stranded by the train breakdowns last evening. Yes, we do see breakdown pretty often but what happened last night was unprecedented. 250,000 commuters were affected when no less than 57 train stations were rendered obsolete. The scenes around the red dot …

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