MRT disruptions unavoidable: Lui Tuck Yew

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MRT disruptions unavoidable: Lui Tuck Yew

Postby Cookie Monster » Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:47 am

..While the government is working on minimising major disruptions, some disruptions and defects on the MRT are unavoidable, said Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew on Monday.

Speaking at Parliament, Lui said the government is trying its best to minimise major disruptions of more than 30 minutes, AsiaOne reported.

He cautioned, however, that “train service disruptions can still occur from time to time," Lui said in response to Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Ramasamy Dhinakaran's question on the resources spent on preventive maintenance for the North-East Line (NEL).

"Where necessary, Land Transport Authority (LTA) will work with the Public Transport Operators (PTOs) to refine maintenance procedures so that the safety and reliability of the rail system is not compromised," he added.

Lui also said transport operator SBS Transit (SBST) spent $16 million between 2007 and 2011 on preventive maintenance for NEL’s rail tracks, tunnels and the Overhead Catenary System (OCS).

The OCS is what transmits electricity to trains and was responsible for the train disruption between Dhoby Ghaut and Harbourfront that affected 90,000 commuters on 15 March. The OCS is inspected every three months, as well as yearly, to ensure it is well-maintained.

During the parliamentary sitting, Lui also said the government will review its regulatory framework, and oversight on the public transport operators' maintenance regimes following the Committee of Inquiry's (COI) investigation into the train disruptions last December. The COI will hold its hearings in public and a full report will be available.

Operators to recruit 1,600 more bus drivers

Meanwhile, in response to a question on transport, Lui said that with 800 buses to be added to the public bus fleet over the next five years, the country’s two bus operators will have to recruit a total of about 1,600 more bus drivers because it takes an average of two bus drivers to operate a bus throughout the day.

“The public bus operators will also have to compete with other companies that similarly have to target locals in the face of a reduction in intake of foreign labour,” Lui said, responding to NMP Teo Siong Seng.

“Nonetheless, how the public bus operators intend to improve their wages and employment terms to attract and retain sufficient bus drivers are ultimately matters for the PTOs to decide as the government will not micro-manage such matters,” he added.

MP Janil Puthucheary also asked the minister to clarify if Malaysia has confirmed reported plans to introduce a toll on Singapore-registered cars at the causeway to recover the costs of constructing the new Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL).

Minister Lui said his ministry has checked with the Malaysian government, which told him that no decision has been made and they are still exploring their options.

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Re: MRT disruptions unavoidable: Lui Tuck Yew

Postby limlim » Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:58 am

My question is, can the new circle, in its first 10 years of operation, match the reliability of the NS and EW lines in its 1st 10 years of operation?

If not, why?

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Re: MRT disruptions unavoidable: Lui Tuck Yew

Postby Daddy D » Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:39 pm

http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNew ... 87622.html

"Free SMS, iPhone alert service for NEL train disruptions"

Want to :laugh: ...
So disruptions will be the norm in future...

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Re: MRT disruptions unavoidable: Lui Tuck Yew

Postby pinky » Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:14 pm

make sure all bosses are informed so that they will not blame their staff for being late. During the 1st major breakdown, an old cleaner
said that his boss deducted $10 from his daily pay for being late for work

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Re: MRT disruptions unavoidable: Lui Tuck Yew

Postby AC_Power » Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:57 am

pinky wrote:make sure all bosses are informed so that they will not blame their staff for being late. During the 1st major breakdown, an old cleaner
said that his boss deducted $10 from his daily pay for being late for work


The cleaner should make a claim against our transport minister.

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Re: MRT disruptions unavoidable: Lui Tuck Yew

Postby pinky » Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:51 am

AC_Power wrote:
pinky wrote:make sure all bosses are informed so that they will not blame their staff for being late. During the 1st major breakdown, an old cleaner
said that his boss deducted $10 from his daily pay for being late for work


The cleaner should make a claim against our transport minister.


good :idea:

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Re: MRT disruptions unavoidable: Lui Tuck Yew

Postby dolphinsiah » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:16 pm

Cookie Monster wrote:..While the government is working on minimising major disruptions, some disruptions and defects on the MRT are unavoidable, said Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew on Monday.

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Fine this statement very difficult to accept ... :censored:

Our Government /Civil Servants all so higher pay....
Cannot resolve this problem...? :skeptical:

Then in the first place why open the Flood Gate....so fast...
REason :Blame the Citizen not reproducing.... :sad:

But my question is why must be the intake of FT be so fast..... :mad:
Reproducing of Babies also need time.... :rant:

If I am not wrong , SG population double within less than 5 years??? :scratchhead:

Even All Citizens work hard on reproducing babies...also cannot double the population within such a short time... :please:

I guess our MIW....is taking Short Cut ....to sustain the Salary ...but making life miserable for the common citizens :cry:

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Re: MRT disruptions unavoidable: Lui Tuck Yew

Postby caroline3sg » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:31 pm

dolphinsiah wrote:
Fine this statement very difficult to accept ... :censored:

Our Government /Civil Servants all so higher pay....
Cannot resolve this problem...? :skeptical:

Then in the first place why open the Flood Gate....so fast...
REason :Blame the Citizen not reproducing.... :sad:

But my question is why must be the intake of FT be so fast..... :mad:
Reproducing of Babies also need time.... :rant:

If I am not wrong , SG population double within less than 5 years??? :scratchhead:

Even All Citizens work hard on reproducing babies...also cannot double the population within such a short time... :please:

I guess our MIW....is taking Short Cut ....to sustain the Salary ...but making life miserable for the common citizens :cry:


Go read TRE article about S'poreans being short changed on govt's economic policies.

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Re: MRT disruptions unavoidable: Lui Tuck Yew

Postby caroline3sg » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:45 pm

Jobs snatched by foreigners, wages depressed, HDB prices rocket, citizens derived from good schools in P1 registration, now MRT frequent delays the norm.

Is more distinct health care subsidy between citizen & PR to appease public anger?

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Re: MRT disruptions unavoidable: Lui Tuck Yew

Postby Chenonceau » Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:30 pm

caroline3sg wrote:Go read TRE article about S'poreans being short changed on govt's economic policies.


Interesting read.

Looks like it wasn't only MOE that took short cuts by Shifting the Burden (see Peter Senge's work) of Education to tutors and parents... and then congratulating itself for world class academic achievements.

This is the danger of KPIs. They specify the what but not the how. In the long run, how is more important than what.

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