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LTA says train slowdowns could still result in penalties for rail operators

An LTA spokesperson said the authorities will need to investigate whether the operator had breached any LTA regulatory provisions, such as the Operating Performance Standards and the maintenance and incident management requirements. 

SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has said train slowdowns could still result in penalties imposed on rail operators, depending on the circumstances.

An LTA spokesperson said the authorities will need to investigate whether the operator had breached any LTA regulatory provisions, such as the Operating Performance Standards and the maintenance and incident management requirements.

LTA was responding to queries from Channel NewsAsia regarding delays on the North-South line in the past two days.

On Monday morning, a track circuit failure between Jurong East and Kranji stations led to a delay in train services for commuters on the North-South line between 7.30am and 8.30am.

Rail operator SMRT said as a safety precaution, trains had to run at slower speeds between Kranji and Yew Tee stations.

SMRT also had to alert those travelling from Jurong East to Kranji to make provision for extra travelling time of 20 minutes.

And on Tuesday at 9.25pm, a fault on the signal code generator that provides the train with speed codes delayed southbound services from Ang Mo Kio towards Marina Bay MRT station.

Passengers were again alerted to provide for an additional 20 minutes of travel time and SMRT engineers rectified the incident after half an hour.

SMRT was unable to say how many commuters were affected in the two incidents.

LTA said it takes "a serious view" of such incidents and will investigate thoroughly, and "take appropriate actions to hold operators accountable for service degradation." 

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