SMRT and Land Transport Authority (LTA) commented on today’s major train break down saying that they do not know when will the new signalling system will be finished testing.
The Singapore government gave an estimate of “a few more months” and do not have a end date:
“The train signalling system on the North-South Line (NSL) is expected to take a few more months to fully stabilise.”
The newly-adopted Communication-based Train Control was implemented on 26 May 2017, and since then, over four train delays attributing to “signal faults” happened within a month. SMRT and LTA today also admitted that they implemented an untested system:
“Unlike new lines where the signalling system can be fully tested before being put into commuter service, train service has to continue on the NSL even as full-day checks take place.”
Two Transport Ministers, Khaw Boon Wan and Ng Chee Meng, and the CEO of SMRT Desmond Kuek are avoiding media queries and hiding behind their corporate communication departments.