Singapore’s most profitable transport company SMRT saw a repeat of the signalling fault again this morning (Feb 10) and the service disruption caused chaos during the peak hour morning rush. Train services were unavailable between Newton to Marina South Pier from around 8am, and the train system along the North-South Line was down for half an hour.
In a media statement over the train disruption, SMRT Vice President for corporate communications, Patrick Nathan, said that a train travelling from Raffles Place towards Yishun developed signalling fault. Services resumed only after the faulty train was taken out.
In Nov 2016, SMRT saw major train breakdowns consecutively for a week due to their lack of engineering capabilities to resolve the signalling fault.
The train break down incident today is the second this week, after a track fault occurred along the East-West Line on Monday (Feb 6).
SMRT is likely to post lucrative profits after it’s sister transport company SBS Transit posted a 88% increase in profits following huge savings in fuel costs. Fare prices were inaccurately priced by the Public Transport Council, who underestimated the of declining oil prices and overpriced fares.