The frequency of train service withdrawals and service delays across the entire local train network has improved so far this year compared to 2013, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Monday (July 21).

The number of service delays along two lines – the North East Line and Circle Line – lasting five minutes or longer has fallen in the first half of this year, the LTA said, while the frequency of such delays for the North South and East West Lines has remained constant. "We expect service delays on the NSEWL to be further reduced in the coming year as we address track-related issues and upgrade older trains," said the LTA.

The number of service delays lasting five minutes or longer was down to 0.23 per 100,000 train-km for the NEL and 0.80 for the CCL in the second quarter of this year – both the lowest since 2011.

Train service withdrawals across the network have continued the downward trend seen since 2012. The number of train withdrawals for the NSEWL dropped to 1.3 per 100,000 train-km travelled by the second quarter of this year, compared to 3.3 in 2012 and 2.2 last year. Similarly, the number of train withdrawals for the NEL and CCL has also dipped to 0.2 and 0.5 per 100,000 train-km travelled, respectively, compared to 0.7 and 2.1 in 2012.

To sustain these improvements, LTA said the two operators will continue to enhance their predictive maintenance to systematically inspect, detect, correct and prevent failures, and conduct regular reviews of asset health. Rail operators are also undertaking active condition monitoring of rail assets.

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