Ex-SMRT CEO Saw Phaik Hwa blames ‘external factors’ for frequent breakdowns
Posted by temasektimes on May 11, 2012
Uncontrollable ‘external’ factors are responsible for the frequent breakdowns of SMRT trains in recent years, said SMRT’s CEO Saw Phaik Hwa in her first appearance at the Commission of Inquiry convened to look into the two major train disruptions last year.
Ms Saw attributed the train faults to many reasons such as the half-height platform doors which were installed lately to work in sync with the signalling system as well as a bug with new trains that are introduced into the system.
“Higher train frequencies and rainy weather can also cause track faults, due to the design of the current signalling system. If not for these factors, I think our performance would not be affected,” she added.
Ms Saw also revealed that SMRT had initially wanted to halt train service for further checks after the first major train breakdown on 15 December lat year but was directed by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to ‘resume services as soon as possible.’
Once the pride of modern Singapore, SMRT is now being a laughing stock in the world with train disruptions and breakdowns on a nearly daily basis.