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SMRT on LRT train disruption: The walkway is ‘safe’ to walk

Posted by temasektimes on April 23, 2012

Following our exposure of a shocking scene in which passengers are forced to walk on LRT track after a LRT train stalled between Bukit Panjang and Senja LRT stations, SMRT has issued a public statement reassuring Singaporeans that the walkway is ‘safe’ to walk. (pic left by Izzy Hazip)

Instead of taking responsibility for the latest train disruption, thick-skinned SMRT heaped generous self-praise on its ‘double-quick’ response time in ‘attending’ to the stranded passengers as if it is some major crisis.

“Within five minutes, our staff attended to the affected passengers, while the air-conditioning and lights remained on throughout,” it said in a statement to the media.

The passengers were asked to leave the train and walked on a 1.5-metre-wide emergency walkway for about 150 metres to Senja station under the ‘escort’ of two SCDF officers.

It is not known if the passengers were given discounts off their fares for walking part of their journey home.

Despite genuine concerns about the safety of doing so, SMRT proclaimed:

“The walkway is SAFE and is regularly used by its staff for maintenance work.”

However, some netizens remain skeptical on Facebook:

“is it a SOP to allow stranded passengers to walk on the rail? How sure are they that it is safe to walk like that? if a passenger decided to commit suicide by jumping down? what if there is a lightining strike?? what if someone has phobia of height?” – Terence Lim

“wont you fall down? like acccidentally fall down?!?!!?!?!?looks very DANGEROUS” – Fang Jun

“definitely very dangerous…what if suddenly raining and very windy….suspect people also can fly…very sure there must be other alternative to rescue passengers…” – Salbiah Ali

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8 Responses to “SMRT on LRT train disruption: The walkway is ‘safe’ to walk”

  1. Hsien Liao La said

    what kind of feedback u expect from ShitMRT? Just be happy they never say, with literal intent, Let’s Move On (the side of the tracks, that is)!

  2. meow said

    Stuck in train complain, walk outside train also complain, KNN Sg-eans, what you want SMRT to do? Take chopper rescue you ah?

    • saymyname said

      eeyer, of cos complain lah, bad service wat.
      pay to take lrt, at last must walk on track, complain not correct meh???

      u got share in smrt ah, y so defensive one?

  3. sigghhhhhhhhhhhh said

    The truth is that the sun’s solar flares are affecting the mechanism. Not only Singapore trains are breaking down, they are breaking down all over the world. 2012.

  4. daniel said

    We are trying to get used to it….no matter how one cow peh …nothing will improve

  5. Ken Lee said

    WOW NEWS OF OUR “WORLD CLASS TRANSPORT” AGAIN!!??
    SO SCARE THEY CAN’T BE FAMOUS !!
    MEOW: EASY SOLVE CASE! GET ONE MORE LRT TO PICK UP THE PASSENGER TO THE NEAREST STATION!

  6. ngpy said

    It’s obviously a shame on SMRT for not even considering the safety aspect of commuters by SMRT, don”t they have safety officiers for guiding the commuters on what to do. “SMRT ON LRT DISRUPTION: THE WALKWAY IS SAFE TO WALK” SMRT in order just to cover their own ASS they are compromising the lifes of commuters by allowing them to walk on the tracks without proper guidiences. WHAT HAVE OUR PRO FESSIONAL SAFTY OFFICIERS HAVE TO SAY.

  7. a said

    Avoid butter, bacon, whole milk, coconuts and such like the plague.

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