SMRT: IF WE CAN’T FIX LRT, WE MIGHT AS WELL SCRAP IT!

SMRT Corp and Land Transport Authority (LTA) are considering what to do with the Bukit Panjang LRT system, which has been problematic of late and due for a major overhaul at the end of its design life.

In an internal blog, SMRT Trains managing director Lee Ling Wei said that a joint team is reviewing their options, and they may include an option to scrap the system altogether and make commuters in Bukit Panjang go back to riding buses again.

Lee said that there are three options on the table.

1. Deploy self-powered autonomous guided vehicle on the existing viaduct.

2. Build a new LRT system

3. Renew the existing Bombardier system with a more updated signalling system – allowing trains to be tracked more accurately, and to ply at a higher frequency

The last major incident involving the LRT was when a LRT train lost control and sped past several stations without stopping, a harrowing experience for every commuter on board the faulty train car.

Read that article here: http://www.allsingaporestuff.com/article/passengers-fear-lives-after-near-death-ride-lrt-bukit-panjang

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