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Launch of music album, concept trains among plans for NS50 week

ile photo of NSmen. (Photo: TODAY)  SINGAPORE: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of National Service (NS) in Singapore, a slew of events and activities have been planned for NS50 week from Aug 1 to 10 and these include the release of a music album and the launch of concept trains for the occasion. According to the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), August is of historical significance as it marks the enlistment of the first batch of full-time national servicemen in 1967. The pioneer batch of enlistees reported on Aug 17 thatRead More


Peak-hour signalling checks on North-South Line: SMRT explains why these are necessary

SINGAPORE: Signalling checks on the North-South Line must be carried out all day during weekdays to ensure that any teething issues with the new signalling system are sorted out, said transport operator SMRT on Tuesday (Jun 6). “As there are limited engineering hours each day (from 1.30am to 4.30am), it is not possible for us to accumulate adequate testing hours if we do not run the new signalling system during weekdays,” it explained in a blog post, adding that the June school holidays are the “best opportunity” for its engineersRead More


Potentially more delays as signalling tests continue on North-South Line: LTA, SMRT

SINGAPORE: The rush-hour delays along the North-South Line on Thursday and Friday were due to two unrelated faults, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and transport operator SMRT in a joint statement on Friday night (Jun 2). They added that there could be more delays while the line’s new signalling system is being tested. LTA and SMRT have been running these tests progressively since Mar 28, together with Thales, the supplier of the signalling system. Tests first started with the last hour of passenger service on selected weekdays. This progressed to theRead More


2 men arrested for leaving bags unattended at Aljunied MRT station

SINGAPORE: Two men have been arrested for causing public alarm by leaving their bags unattended at Aljunied MRT station, the police said on Friday (May 26). In a news release, the police said that they were alerted at 9.52am to three bags that were left unattended at the concourse of Aljunied MRT station. Officers from the Bedok Police Division and Public Transport Security Command, with the help of SMRT staff, traced and detained the owners of the bags at the station at about 10.15 am. Two men, aged 25 andRead More


Temasek said to weigh buyout of Singapore subway operator SMRT

Singapore state investment company Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd is considering a buyout offer for SMRT Corp, the city-state’s biggest subway operator, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Temasek is weighing an offer to buy all the shares it doesn’t already own in SMRT, according to the person, who asked not to be identified as the information is private. It currently has a 54 per cent stake in SMRT, which has a market value of about S$2.4 billion in Singapore, data compiled by Bloomberg show. SMRT has faced publicRead More


Public bus operators SBS Transit and SMRT have been rewarded for improvments.

SINGAPORE – Public bus operators SBS Transit and SMRT have been rewarded for improving waiting times of buses, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced on Monday (May 9). The Bus Service Reliability Framework (BSRF) trial took place from June to November last year and covered 34 bus services. 27 of them achieved good wait times with regularly spread out bus arrivals. LTA added that both operators have sustained improvements in reliability through enhanced management of the bus fleet and the hiring of more service controllers. According to the statement, SBSRead More


Tragedy should spur fail-safe culture

SMRT’s admission of the disregard of a key safety procedure that led to the death of two trainees – reversing its earlier comment that procedures had been observed – confirmed what many had suspected. Indeed, one might ask if there were other procedures that were ignored, as more than one layer of precautions is called for generally to protect the life and limb of staff and the public. Such safety rules should be made known as the rail operator scrutinises and tightens its systems after last week’s accident. SMRT hasRead More