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NEW EXTENSION OF DOWNTOWN LINE TO BE RIGOROUSLY TESTED BEFORE OPENING, BREAKDOWNS UNACCEPTABLE

With this extensive testing, and with the line expected to fully open by the end of the year, let's hope this line does not suffer the same amount of breakdown as its predecessors on the other lines.

For a new MRT line, it does not make sense for it to suffer breakdowns so soon after the opening. If it does, then it hints at a poorly planned and built system, and authorities will be hard pressed to explain this off as an old line that needs repairs after years of use. This is a brand new MRT line, breakdowns should not be an issue.

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154 REPORT ON MRT TRIES TO CONFUSE WITH IRRELEVANT STATISTICS

I refer to the article “Reliability of North-South and Circle MRT Lines improves; East-West Line maintains same standard” (Straits Times, Apr 24). It states that “In the year ending Q1, the NSL clocked an average of 180,000km before a delay lasting more than 5 mins, bettering the 156,000km registered in the year ending Q4, 2016.”

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OLD MAN ABUSING ANG MOH ON MRT TRAIN ARRESTED BY POLICE

Remember the old uncle who was caught on video shouting vulgarities and slapping and ang moh on the MRT train? It has emerged that the old uncle was a 70 year old man, and he has been arrested for causing a public nuisance and voluntarily causing hurt.

The victim was an American man from Pennsylvania, and he stated that the old man was allegedly drunk. He made a police report on the incident, and the old man was arrested by the police on Friday night at Ang Mo Kio

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LEE BEE WAH ABLE TO MOVE FIRE ESCAPE ROUTE TO SERVE HER RESIDENTS BETTER

That Lee Bee Wah was so proud of her little achievement, that she had to post an announcement on her Facebook page yesterday, to remind everyone less they forget that she had managed to get HDB and LTA to link the incomplete walkway from a HDB flat in Khatib to the MRT station.

Maybe she wants us all to clap for her. After all, without her help, the incomplete walkway would have remeined incomplete, right? The shelter had stopped short about 10m from the station, and previous reason given was that the area was a designated fire escape route.

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SMRT SAYS TRACK CIRCUIT FAULTS ARE THING OF THE PAST ONCE SIGNALLING SYSTEM RENEWED

The fault for today's MRT disruptions on the east west line and the north south line this morning was blamed on track circuit faults. Such faults, which are not the same as the more common track faults, arise because of ageing track circuits.

In a statement by SMRT's vice-president for corporate information and communications Patrick Nathan, he said that the faults resulted in trains having to travel at a slower speed for commuter safety. But his most important statement came when he said "After we renew the signalling system, faulty track circuits will no longer cause prolonged delays for commuters."

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