Photo of SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek from Straits Times

After experiencing a major train outage that saw two major train lines paralysed last night during the evening peak hours, the Singapore’s major North-South MRT line will only operate partially and stop operations between 11am to 4pm today (July 8). There is no mention of compensation to affected passengers and there will not be any free rides.

Photo by SMRT
Photo by SMRT

According to the private transport operator, SMRT said that their engineers are still working on the “traction power fault” and there will only be limited service today, with trains running at reduced speed instead of the typical 60km/h/.

Singapore’s Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said on Facebook last night that he was “extremely concerned” with the train breakdown but did not comment further if there is going to be any punishment for SMRT. In July 2014, SMRT was fined a measly S$1.6 million for four separate train disruptions, while in the same year its CEO Desmond Kuek take home S$2.2 million alone.

Photo of Lui Tuck Yew from Youtube
Photo of Lui Tuck Yew from Youtube
Photo from Straits Times
Photo of Desmond Kuek from Straits Times

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