SMRT reminds passengers to ‘mind’ gap between train and platform
Posted by temasektimes on June 15, 2012
Train operator SMRT has sent out a ‘reminder’ to the public to mind the gap between the train and platform in response to a second incident in a week which saw a man’s leg trapped in the gap when he was trying to alight.
The incident happened on an east-bound train at Raffles Place at around 4.10pm and the man was extricated with the help of another passenger and SMRT staff after a few minutes.
A snapshot of the dramatic scene was taken and went viral in cyberspace, prompting SMRT to issue a response.
“The width we maintain in our system is one of the narrowest possible without compromising safety, and is necessary to accommodate the train’s movement. We would like to remind passengers to mind the platform gap when they board or alight from the train,” a SMRT spokeswoman said.
According to SMRT, the gap between the train and the platforms measure 10cm in underground stations such as Raffles Place and Bugis, and about 7.5cm for above-ground stations, and are there to “accommodate the train’s movement”.