25 injured in SMRT trains collision at Joo Koon Station

Photo: Mei Anne (click to enlarge)

Plagued by both management and maintenance problems, the aging Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system is a disaster waiting to happen and happen it did this morning (15 Nov) at Joo Koon Station.

According to a Facebook post by Mei Anne, she was on one of the train which collided this morning and was injured along with many commuters whom had fallen on their backs in the incident.

The incident was confirmed by the Land Transport Authority and SMRT in a joint statement issued on the same day.

This morning at 8.18am, a train heading in the direction of Tuas Link Station stalled at Joo Koon Station. At 8.19am, a second train stopped behind the first faulty train. At 8.20am, the second train moved forward unexpectedly, and came into contact with the first train.

23 passengers and 2 SMRT staff sustained light to moderate injuries, and have been conveyed to Ng Teng Fong Hospital and National University Hospital. SMRT and LTA are investigating the incident.

Channel NewsAsia reported that 10 people were taken to Ng Teng Fong Hospital and 15 were at NUH.

A spokesman from Ng Teng Fong Hospital said among the 10 injured at the hospital, two were assessed to have sustained injuries under the P2 category or “major emergencies” such as limb fractures and joint dislocation.

Another eight sustained minor injuries and were assessed to be under the P3 category, which includes sprains and minor head injuries.

Meanwhile, SMRT announced that two of its lines, Circle Line (CCL) and East-West Line (EWL) were experiencing delays. CCL is experiencing signaling fault resulting in a huge back-load of passengers while EWL is affected by the train collision at Joo Koon Station. North-South Line is experiencing delays , likely as a result of the service disruption from the other lines.

At about 2pm on the same day, SMRT announced that train service between Boon Lay and Tuas Link stations in both directions will be suspended for two hours.

This is to facilitate the recovery of the two trains involved in this morning’s incident at Joo Koon MRT station. We are doing all we can to restore services safely and expeditiously.

The rail operator added that free regular bus and bridging bus services are available between those two stations.

Will this be another “sad and embarrassing” incident which unfortunately has happened warranting only a cursory mention in Parliament or will a long overdue independent inquiry finally be convened this time round.

Concerned citizens are waiting with bated breath.

 

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Recommended: Former SMRT engineer speaks out (resigned in 2015).

 

 

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56 Responses to “25 injured in SMRT trains collision at Joo Koon Station”

  • Most Dangerous Place in SG:

    Most dangerous place in Singapore is inside MRT.

    Not only trains might break down/collision, you can even get arrested, like this 52 years old man, even though he doesnt look like a terrorist. Must be a shock to this poor man, grew up here since Independence, and never thought he can be arrested so easily without committing any crime.

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/man-arrested-at-lavender-mrt-station-for-pushing-police-officer-9397958

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  • Hgwong:

    What get my blood boiling is high pay they get-highest in the world- and delivering less than ceo s of hk and Taipei metros who are paid less.

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  • Li:

    Train itself really got problem.

    Dats y last time mrt trains got shifted back

    To supplier.

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  • square peg in round hole?:

    The rail RTS is a very complex system and you need competent staffs. In most well run rail organisation, they recruit staffs very carefully.

    CEO – minimum at least 20 years railway experience with past 5 years heading a rail department. Minimum academic qualification – recognised degree, preferably Masters.

    SVP – same as above.

    VP/Director – minimum 15 years railway experience with past 5 years heading a rail department. Minimum academic qualification – recognised degree, preferably Masters.

    Snr Mgr – minimum 10 years railway experience. Minimum academic qualification – recognised degree, preferably Masters.

    Mgr – minimum 5 years railway experience. Minimum academic qualification – recognised degree, preferably Masters.

    Snr Engr – minimum 3 years railway experience. Minimum academic qualification – recognised degree in Engineering.

    Engr – Minimum academic qualification – recognised degree in Engineering.

    Asst Engr – Minimum diploma in Engineering

    Technical Offr/Technicians – Minimum ITE certificate

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  • what now my love:

    just toss KBW under the train or tie him to the tracks !
    enough is enough.
    yet he had the gall to say that companies should part ways with staff who don’t improve after checks and counselling.
    the pot calling the kettle black.

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  • PAP Sold Us Out:

    PAP sold SembCorp Engineers and Constructors Pte Ltd to Punj Lloyd Pte Ltd in 2006, and we lost our train builder. Ten years later, we are in this mess that they have created.

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  • FT is king:

    How many FT talents are working in SMRT?

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  • Pinky Ah:

    Pinky Ah, so the rumour that rats have been chewing the cables coz Saw rented out station space to food joints is true. The “signal fault” and simi lan sai faults almost all happen during and after rain, meaning the cable insulation gone case already.

    Still want to build Cross Island Line? Imagine train flooded under central reserve and hundreds of passengers drown. End up with an underground cemetery.

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  • PAP is BEST:

    PAP best one, this one is twice in 50 years small thing. Must vote PAP, next election PAP 90% and kick out WP.

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  • Ong PC:

    We need to see things in perspective:

    1) Such accidents are common and happen daily everywhere in the world, from Europe to USA. Nothing new here.

    2) Compared to the developed cities of New York and London, our MRT still works much better than theirs. Their delays are much worse.

    3) Compared to the less developed cities of SEA, we are fortunate. Jakarta, Manila and KL don’t even have MRTs. Bangkok has MRT but its performance is much worse than our MRT.

    4) Compared to the outstanding MRTs of Tokyo and Taipei, of course ours isn’t as good. But those are cities in the face of natural disasters, low income growth, inflated property prices and pathetic space.

    The bottom line is: As a developed city Singapore is bound to have growing pains with regards to transport. It is better to be where we are right now (high income country with transport problems), than to be where we were in the 1980s (lower income country though with efficient & smooth transport).

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  • PAP has the mandate:

    Time for Khaw and his million dollars PAP cronies or clowns to resign or sack. No more excuses.

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  • PAP has the mandate:

    If you want CEO salaries, you are responsible for everything under the SMRT. Stand up and be accountable and be responsible. How do these guys face his children…I guess his children has no ethics at all. Like father like son.

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  • Humpty Dumpty:

    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
    Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
    All the King’s horses and all the King’s men,
    Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

    Ong PC:
    We need to see things in perspective:

    1) Such accidents are common and happen daily everywhere in the world, from Europe to USA. Nothing new here.

    2) Compared to the developed cities of New York and London, our MRT still works much better than theirs. Their delays are much worse.

    3) Compared to the less developed cities of SEA, we are fortunate. Jakarta, Manila and KL don’t even have MRTs. Bangkok has MRT but its performance is much worse than our MRT.

    4) Compared to the outstanding MRTs of Tokyo and Taipei, of course ours isn’t as good. But those are cities in the face of natural disasters, low income growth, inflated property prices and pathetic space.

    The bottom line is: As a developed city Singapore is bound to have growing pains with regards to transport. It is better to be where we are right now (high income country with transport problems), than to be where we were in the 1980s (lower income country though with efficient & smooth transport).

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  • billyma:

    No need any investigation or explanation, it’s again a very clear cut incident ie a train hit another train.
    No need even for any minister to be involved.
    Again it’s the fault of 2 black sheeps in SMRT ie the its train driver who stopped the train & the 2nd train driver who did not stop hos train.

    These 2 train drivers will get their bonus cut.

    So much bonus cuts means the top people will be more then.
    Life is fine.

    When you at the bottom, you get step on & those at the top will only get fresh air. Life is fair according to PAP meritocracy system.

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  • Ong salah leow:

    @Ong PC

    Kong leow Buay teoh lah (salah lah) – Manila and KL have MRT although Manila’s one is terrible.

    KL MRT is state-of-the-art and commenced service 2 months ago. KL is building the Phase 2 MRT now and they have relatively trouble free LRTs and monorail also.

    @square peg in round hole – kong leow teoh.

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  • asd:

    sinkiporean need to pay more for safer ride .. .

    LOL

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  • cloudy day:

    Our transportation situation is crap!!!

    This morning, after hearing about EWL problem, I decide to catch a cab. Big fuoking mistake. Waited 40 minutes, not a single one is free. Finally took a bus and then change into another bus to get to my destination.

    I thought by going in a cab, I would avoid all the bus queues. But it was ok.

    I NEED TO GET COMFORTABLE AND TRY OUT GRAB. I really don’t like getting into a stranger’s car. But the taxis all so damn yaya today. Fouk them. I hope all the taxi drivers suffer.

    We need to TOTALLY OVERHAUL OUR TRAINS AND THE ENTIRE SYSTEM. Please stop building so many shitty HDB and focus instead in our TRANSPORTATION, OK? Fuok!!!

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  • Jim:

    Why is the PM so quiet through it all? He is really the ultimate accountability.

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  • Best Sg Iron rice bowl:

    Now we know which position in singapura is the hardest iron rice bowl harder than diamond.

    Absolute countless fiascos, failures and incompetence, absolute unpunnished. Absolutwly world highest pay.

    Thanks to the world’s most extremely overly Self-Protective citizens who dare not voice up against authority

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  • opposition dude:

    Things just keep getting better for SMRT. Let the issues keep happening every few days, the good for nothings need a good amount of pressure from commuters to pay for it in the next GE!

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  • Galaxian:

    Ong PC:
    We need to see things in perspective:

    1) Such accidents are common and happen daily everywhere in the world, from Europe to USA. Nothing new here.

    2) Compared to the developed cities of New York and London, our MRT still works much better than theirs. Their delays are much worse.

    3) Compared to the less developed cities of SEA, we are fortunate. Jakarta, Manila and KL don’t even have MRTs. Bangkok has MRT but its performance is much worse than our MRT.

    4) Compared to the outstanding MRTs of Tokyo and Taipei, of course ours isn’t as good. But those are cities in the face of natural disasters, low income growth, inflated property prices and pathetic space.

    The bottom line is: As a developed city Singapore is bound to have growing pains with regards to transport. It is better to be where we are right now (high income country with transport problems), than to be where we were in the 1980s (lower income country though with efficient & smooth transport).

    Well, since you want to compare, would you care to share and compare the relative salaries of the various heads of the systems you mentioned?

    Objectively, can you give us a real ROI number for each of these chiefs?
    Having done that, would you conclude that the worst performing ones would not be deserving of their pay?

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  • Time to Wake Up:

    Time for the old one to get up from his grave and kick Khaw’s and Desmond’s arses real hard. His son has been sleeping, and still sleeping

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  • Toa pow cow.:

    No more excuses please, just go. You shamelessly ask WP to harakiri, we are kind to you, we don’t ask you to harakiri, we ask you to resign and stop giving excuses. Karma is catching up with you. It will happen to you if you don’t go. Don’t forget to bring your useless CEO along. Both of you have disgrace singaporean. If LKY is around, you 2 are gone long ago.

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  • pap selected INDIAN president:


    According to a Facebook post by Mei Anne, she was on one of the train which collided this morning and was injured along with many commuters whom had fallen on their backs in the incident.

    1st, we hope private practice lawyers can help those injured claim compensation. like any accident that caused injury, there must be fair compensation.

    2nd, while those injured are in hospitals, we hope private practice lawyers can help them get the Class A wards they are entitled to. because smrt has this duty to the injured.

    3rd, there must be COI. cannot just parleement declare ownself innocent. cannot. ownself check ownself cannot apply anymore as there are injuries.

    from high up and higher up to hishest up all play the blame game. they blame the workers. BUT ffff. the workers are hired by who? the workers if not up to the mark are retained by who?

    ultimately, isn’t it the responsibility of the highest up to hara-kiri, the higher up to resign, and the high up to bow, all in line of accountability and responsibility?

    all the ffff S$m paid year in year out have led to a bunch of blame bodies. S$8 cow blames all lower ones, but as the highest he must lead by example. he must hara-kiri.

    pap paper general dismal quack after 5 ffffin long years must own up. as the higher up, he must resign. his next direct report, being the high up, must bow to the injured, and prostrate to the seriously injured.

    THEY are paid S$m year in year out. SO they must be responsible. S$ cow hara-kiri. dismal quack resign. the rest bow, and prostrate.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    pap says ownself check ownself. check until so many injured. imagine if WP is the culprit. 80+ LJs and CBs already Facebook comments long long strong strong. BUT because it is pap fault, not a sound not a fury.

    ffff these double standard pap Ljs and pap Cbs. ffffing liars and fakes.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • Sputzy:

    Every time Khaw opens his mouth and says something
    highly debatable about the MRT system, trains break
    down. When will these people get the message????
    Forgot, they’re slow learners. VERY slow learners.
    And they Dare raise fares!!

    All this Screams for a proper, detailed investigation
    into this joke we claim is an efficient train system.

    Expect things to get worse, MUCH worse, when the cap
    on COEs starts (the one which won’t see COE prices go
    up, but which saw them immediately jump 11%), and the
    govt pushes harder for car lite.
    Their timing is unbelieveable. Even while they struggle
    with the current overloaded public transport system,
    they work to overload it even more. Stupidity does
    not even begin to describe these absurd decisions.

    How did these people be put in charge? WHY are these
    people still in charge? How on earth did they even get
    their degrees?!?

    One punishment is for all senior people in transport
    be required to take Only public transport. We might
    see some results after that!!

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  • New Egg Yoke:

    Ong PC:
    We need to see things in perspective:

    1) Such accidents are common and happen daily everywhere in the world, from Europe to USA. Nothing new here.

    2) Compared to the developed cities of New York and London, our MRT still works much better than theirs. Their delays are much worse.

    3) Compared to the less developed cities of SEA, we are fortunate. Jakarta, Manila and KL don’t even have MRTs. Bangkok has MRT but its performance is much worse than our MRT.

    4) Compared to the outstanding MRTs of Tokyo and Taipei, of course ours isn’t as good. But those are cities in the face of natural disasters, low income growth, inflated property prices and pathetic space.

    The bottom line is: As a developed city Singapore is bound to have growing pains with regards to transport. It is better to be where we are right now (high income country with transport problems), than to be where we were in the 1980s (lower income country though with efficient & smooth transport).

    Biggest question is why TRE LOVES to support idiotic scumbag posts like these and CI?

    TRE, as usual, do what u do best-CENSOR anti-pappy and gahmen posts like my post. Zzzzzz

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  • Tougher action required:

    Issues or problems could be anything from wear and tear of ageing equipments, faulty equipments, poor maintenance schedules, inferior quality and structural equipments, incompetencies in some crucial key positions, poor morale and lackadaisical work attitude of individual workers entrusted with important job functions and the list goes on.
    Now is the time for the top management team to get out of their aircon offices and run around aboveground and underground and monitor every singular bit of the operational aspects of the entire train system. They must master what they have been entrusted to look after.
    The top management team has no choice, they must be included from now on, turn by turn, to follow a regular check team of inspectors assigned to vigorously monitor all aspects of the train operation.
    It is time for management to roll up their sleeves and get greased and get really tough.
    Any individual, section or team that do not perform or commit serious mistakes due to sheer disinterest or negligence, sack them.
    No room for the soft approach.
    As quickly as possible, difficult though it may be especially for technical expertise, quickly get a new replacement team on board.
    Just watch and see how tough action like this will flush out those irresponsible ones, identify them and show them
    the exit door.
    We must not take a chance with our train system that carry the bulk of our people that depend on it for their day to day activities and how it affects the economy of our country.
    Pay the SMRT staff well and ensure that they get the best of training.
    The chieftains must make frequent unscheduled and unannounced visits to the nooks and corners of the network.
    That ought to shake and shape up the entire network and system for the better.

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  • howdare:

    How dare the government’s PTC increase public transport fares when the public transport system is in such bad shapes!

    It is now endangering lives. The SMRT and the Minister cannot muddle their way through, pretending to fix things and blaming everyone else but themselves for this.

    And what is our PM doing? If your transport minister is not doing his job, shouldn’t you sack him? If SMRT’s CEO is not doing its job, shouldn’t you sack him?

    If all of continue to sleep on the problem, then wait for nightmares to happen!

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    地鉄相撞伤25人
    这也不算是什么坏事嘛
    創造多一个新加坡"第一"

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  • 李敖不笨:

    一群飯桶领高新却在睡觉。又不肯辞聀。

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  • spin & lies of the PAP:

    Ong PC:
    We need to see things in perspective:

    1) Such accidents are common and happen daily everywhere in the world, from Europe to USA. Nothing new here.

    Not true.

    Such are the typical spin and lies of the PAP and the IB’s employed by the PAP but paid for by the tax payers.

    I have lived in a Western country city for 30 years and I cannot recall having read or heard about an accident involving an underground train. And their underground train system is much older and their underground network far more extensive than that of Singapore.

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  • Amos exposed PAP hypocrisy:

    Now we know why the barn owl came back to LHL’s office, why the large old tree at Botanical Garden suddenly broke up and crashed.

    God works in mysterious ways. Karma in spades.

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  • Python 5:

    everyday trains breakdowns replaced by trains collision.

    PAP is BEST:
    PAP best one, this one is twice in 50 years small thing. Must vote PAP, next election PAP 90% and kick out WP.

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  • Sue:

    With the declining rail & train reliability it is high time Pinky should come out of his ivory tower & have a dialogue re his push for SG to be car-lite!

    We need to hear from him how soon is SG ready to be car-lite & LTA’s recent announcement re zero car growth which triggers an upswing in recent COE prices for all categories?

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  • 6pm:

    Something bad in the air is going on.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Ok good people of TRE

    I predict that everything is swept under the carpet.
    Every manager in MRTC and LTA will keep their jobs.

    Blame will go to daily MRT staff -some deserve it of course and some not but which pappy cares right?

    I have been warning this for a long time.

    THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING – BIGGER THINGS WILL COME.

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  • Lum Par Song:

    We are just a pee sai of an island and want to compare with bigger places. Highest paid yet cant control and prevent accidents on a pee sai island train

    Pls tell me if they deserved to be farked?

    Ong PC:
    We need to see things in perspective:

    1) Such accidents are common and happen daily everywhere in the world, from Europe to USA. Nothing new here.

    2) Compared to the developed cities of New York and London, our MRT still works much better than theirs. Their delays are much worse.

    3) Compared to the less developed cities of SEA, we are fortunate. Jakarta, Manila and KL don’t even have MRTs. Bangkok has MRT but its performance is much worse than our MRT.

    4) Compared to the outstanding MRTs of Tokyo and Taipei, of course ours isn’t as good. But those are cities in the face of natural disasters, low income growth, inflated property prices and pathetic space.

    The bottom line is: As a developed city Singapore is bound to have growing pains with regards to transport. It is better to be where we are right now (high income country with transport problems), than to be where we were in the 1980s (lower income country though with efficient & smooth transport).

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  • Lee jiak sai:

    Where is pinky?

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  • The Dishonorable Son:

    Jim:
    Why is the PM so quiet through it all? He is really the ultimate accountability.

    You want to hear all his lies and see his crocodile tears again?!

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  • SOF:

    One has to wonder how much are these Internet Brigade shills being paid to sway the opinions of posters.

    As long as we have a team of engineers who are on call at all times, and willing to get their hands dirty, and have constant maintenance and sufficient spare parts, old systems like New York Subway up to about a few years ago can run like new.

    This fact alone will screw the trollage.

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  • Dafts Will Be Dafts:

    Time to Wake Up:
    Time for the old one to get up from his grave and kick Khaw’s and Desmond’s arses real hard. His son has been sleeping, and still sleeping

    Still can’t forget the crap the old fiack spewed.
    He sowed the seed of decline and greed by amassing power and rewarding himself and his spawns billions.

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  • Be honourable:

    Jim:
    Why is the PM so quiet through it all? He is really the ultimate accountability.

    Winning awards or medals, quickly take credit & selfies and put on that silly grin.

    Any big boo boo, do a instant David Copperfield disappearing act

    A real smart $million goodu

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  • job and responsibility:

    When you run the company, it is your job and responsibility to ensure that commuters will not be inconvenienced or delayed or suffer physically or economically as a result of delays or breakdowns. How many breakdowns have been happening each month?

    And the frequency of breakdowns happened with only 5 lines operating, compared to other cities elsewhere with 20, 50 or 50 lines? And only a few kilometers of track, compared to hundreds or thousands of km in other cities?

    When you run the company, it is your job and responsibility to ensure that train accidents do not happen. But it happened. Many injured. No fatal casualties this time, but there were fatal casualties last time.

    When you run the company, it is your job and responsibility to ensure tunnel safety. Were passengers nearly electrocuted in the Bishan-Bradell tunnel flooding?

    When you run the company, it is your job and responsibility to ensure that comfort of the commuters. How many sweaty armpits do we have to put up with in overly packed wagons? Due to inadequate frequencies of trains?

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  • Hopeless:

    Ong PC:
    We need to see things in perspective:

    1) Such accidents are common and happen daily everywhere in the world, from Europe to USA. Nothing new here.

    2) Compared to the developed cities of New York and London, our MRT still works much better than theirs. Their delays are much worse.

    3) Compared to the less developed cities of SEA, we are fortunate. Jakarta, Manila and KL don’t even have MRTs. Bangkok has MRT but its performance is much worse than our MRT.

    4) Compared to the outstanding MRTs of Tokyo and Taipei, of course ours isn’t as good. But those are cities in the face of natural disasters, low income growth, inflated property prices and pathetic space.

    The bottom line is: As a developed city Singapore is bound to have growing pains with regards to transport. It is better to be where we are right now (high income country with transport problems), than to be where we were in the 1980s (lower income country though with efficient & smooth transport).

    This kind of reasoning also can!?!?!
    This one really no hope.

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  • BuyMeBakKutTeh:

    New definition for collision is Came Into Contact…. give up la!

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  • brobroace:

    In Singapore we cannot do away with Mr. Khaw, he is a pillar that supports the government. The Pm needs him to deal with the WP so that they would not be a threat to the PAP. No incident can really shake his position. He is safe because the Pm does not want to lose him.

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  • Hacken:

    Despite natural disasters, low income growth, inflated property prices and pathetic space, Tokyo and Taipei MRTs still outstanding than us? Singapore has none of these disasters and still so cockup? What does that say about Singapore?
    I’ve got nothing against an IB except one who don’t know what he’s talking about.

    Also how can a developed city still have growing pains?

    Ong PC:
    We need to see things in perspective:

    4) Compared to the outstanding MRTs of Tokyo and Taipei, of course ours isn’t as good. But those are cities in the face of natural disasters, low income growth, inflated property prices and pathetic space.

    The bottom line is: As a developed city Singapore is bound to have growing pains with regards to transport. It is better to be where we are right now (high income country with transport problems), than to be where we were in the 1980s (lower income country though with efficient & smooth transport).

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  • Nothing Against IB Ong PC:

    Yes, they are only trying to make a living.

    But IB Ong PC, please try harder.

    you are bringing disgrace to your trade by not knowing what you are talking about.

    Hacken:

    I’ve got nothing against an IB except one who don’t know what he’s talking about.

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  • HEartbeats:

    Watch the Netflix show call designated survivor . There was a scene wheee the president, a person who is recognised as good heart, good man and has strong integrity wanted to Go with his decision to carry out an air strike on America soil on a terrorist to save America. However this was opposed by congress who is against setting precedence and when his advisor asked why permission was not granted as president has good heart and all good intends, the congress women replied saying by giving the president the power to do this time, they are setting a bad precedent for future president and what is to prevent president who is rogue to act on his free will .
    In Singapore we took a lot of short cuts in early days by granting free will to a lot of things government can or do. While we get a lot of speed in execution, it relies on the team who is capable and effective in their execution. Our pioneer even turn a blind eye to some of the suing against opponent as they think that given this trust, government has a good heart and has the resolve to solve other areas of issues with.
    what is our insurance now that precedence is set and mechanism available

    Eg
    -to go after oppponents in Parliment
    -shut up and move on
    - people on TOP deserve Super high pay, aristcracts and superiority feeling

    As a result we bred a lot of copy cat Politicians who use tactics of our founding Father but deliver peanuts to us .

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  • Man From Sky:

    Next the train will derail. Please do take care all true Singaporean.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    @ Hopeless. Hacken et al (including others):
    The Guy trying very hard to earn his S$1 per comment from the Ministry of Information and Communications, under Minister Yaacob Ibrahim.
    Read of the PAP Internet Brigade below:
    Link: https://STR.com/2017/11/07/pap-grassroots-leader-confirms-existence-of-internet-brigade/
    Proof that he is a Good-for-Nothing IB & really, really ignorant:
    1. KL has got a MRT system – I’ve used it. Can’t really speak for Jakarta & Manila because I was driven around using limousines & private transport when I was there on business.
    2. London Underground & NYC Metro have alternate track mechanism which can bypass afflicted lines or stations; & allow for routine maintenance work ie. built-in redundancies to avoid bottleneck something which S’pore’s MRT doesn’t have. S’pore have only a 2 track system (a bottleneck situation) without any alternate track or a bypassing track ie. no redundancy resulting in total breakdown & train schedule chaos.
    3. Japan’s electrified mass transit rail system is the best in the world. Trains arrived on the dot! Their train time schedule are posted at every station. Their Shinkansen system (ie. Bullet trains) are awesome but expensive – yet they are even better than taking the airplane.
    4. Taipei rail fares are very, very cheap compared to S’pore. And the system is fairly reliable – can’t speak of S’pore reliability!
    5. Shopped at both Tokyo & Taipei – prices are much lower than S’pore’s & range of products very broad compared to S’pore. Japan has had price deflation for some years now while Taipei got lots of night markets & street stalls (can bargain like crazy!) – S’pore, on the other hand, has rent seekers, very high rents, glitzy malls with very high fixed prices, profiteering [Baby Milk Formula] & cartel pricing [Telcos, Big Electronic chains, Supermarkets, etc]. If you’ve been to Japan & Taiwan, S’pore shopping is 3rd rate in terms of prices & merchandise.

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  • Robert:

    For over a century, trains were kept safe by a “fixed block” system. The track was divided into blocks, and a mechanical signal system told the driver to stop the train before it could enter a block already occupied. This solution is simple, safe, and can be made almost totally reliable.

    That was then; this is now. One train operator after another has tried a “moving block” system. One operator after another has discvovered that this cannot be made reliable, and sooner or later kills people.

    The reason is that these “blocks” do not really exist: they are an imaginary “virtual space” that surrounds the train. For this space to remain safe, the train must continually measure its own position, velocity and acceletration, *and the same for the train ahead and the train behind*, and do this continuously in real time. This is a very complex problem, and nobody has solved it accurately, reliably, and maintainably.

    And this the the system SMRT has just activated at Joo Koon. The detail in the event is a dead giveaway: how could one train possible get so close to another in the first place? With a “fixed block” system, that simply cannot happen.

    There is only ne safe path: abandon the “moving block” system, and revert to the older, reliable one. To do otherwise is simply hubris, and hubris is always followed by Nemesis.

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  • Mr Khawk:

    They can practise all the anti-terror drills but i doubt they can handle a real terror attack.

    Even a signal fault they cannot handle.

    Karang Kabok.

    I feel insulted for being a singapotean.

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  • Systemic Failure:

    Harder Truths:
    Ok good people of TRE

    I predict that everything is swept under the carpet.
    Every manager in MRTC and LTA will keep their jobs.

    Blame will go to daily MRT staff -some deserve it of course and some not but which pappy cares right?

    I have been warning this for a long time.

    THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING – BIGGER THINGS WILL COME.

    Authoritarianism and absoute control has a problem.
    Every top guy is their guy.
    Every mistake implicates the dragon.
    So, can authoritarianism slap its own face?

    Who is gonna force them?

    Everyone is timid and intimidated.

    This is why there will be more systemic failures to cum.

    I did not mention cpf hor.

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  • ygbhunji:

    I would suggest maybe the authority can come out a new form of lottery to predict the trains breaking down. This way the people can bet, win money and definitely SMRT will work even harder to prevent the trains from breaking down as they will need to compensate the lottery money back to the people if they never fix the trains ASAP hahah

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  • rxdcfvgybhnu:

    Questions:

    •Is the train being driverless during the incident?

    •Is the new signal system = driverless system for all the MRT lines?

    •Why during the incident the driver never react anything to stop the train from crashing?

    •Is the driver the one that being first and seriously wounded? If so, is this being reported?

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