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