18km/h – this is how slow the Circle Line trains are going right now on manual mode. Commuters on Singapore’s Circle Line are yet frustrated again by SMRT and the Land Transport Authority (LTA)’s incompetency to fix the train speed.
Despite blaming the problem solely on the signalling system, SMRT and LTA said they were still unable to pinpoint the problem and are now seeking assistance from its France-based manufacturer, Alstom. According to state media, the trains started seeing intermittent losses of connection between the train transceivers 4 days ago when SMRT upgraded the signalling system software. SMRT has since rolled back the new upgrade and installed the old software, but the problem persists. State media calls the problem “a mystery” while LTA and SMRT remain clueless and unable to deliver a response.
While the social media ran rife with criticisms of the LTA and SMRT, the government-hired trolls are in damage control mode trying to mock critics by comparing the Singapore train system to that of other countries.
Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has been hiding behind the LTA and refusing to address the media over the problems of train breakdowns. The last time the Minister commented was more than three months ago in May when he said to just “copy Taiwan” to fix the train breakdowns.