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Bukit Panjang LRT disruptions result of signalling, train faults

The three service disruptions last month on the Bukit Panjang LRT, which lasted more than 10 minutes, resulted from signalling and train faults.

SINGAPORE: The three service disruptions last month on the Bukit Panjang LRT, which lasted more than 10 minutes, resulted from signalling and train faults.

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said this in a written parliamentary reply to MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Liang Eng Hwa.

He said a signalling fault resulted in a 14-minute delay on April 5.

On April 15, a LRT vehicle stalled between Phoenix and Teck Whye stations, resulting in a 19-minute delay.

The longest delay occurred on April 22, when a vehicle also stalled between Bukit Panjang and Senja stations.

The service disruption lasted two and half hours and 11 passengers were disembarked and had to walk the tracks to safety.

Mr Lui said the faults have since been rectified.

He said service disruptions bring about significant inconvenience to commuters, adding that the ministry takes a serious view on them.

He said technical experts from the Land Transport Authority have been working with SMRT to identify key areas to improve its service quality and reduce the number of incidents.

He said SMRT has also committed to making quantifiable technical improvements on the Bukit Panjang LRT going forward.

Specifically, he said they have been working on measures to reduce the occurence of signalling, traction power and train faults, which are the common faults in the Bukit Panjang LRT.

Source: CNA/wm

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