Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan yesterday (Sep 11) told Parliament that the incomplete signalling system on the North-South Line (NSL) is not completed yet, but it is “stabilising”. Cheery-picking statistics between May and August, Minister Khaw Boon Wan claimed that the system is now “much better”:
“The new signalling system on the North-South Line is stabilising. A dip in the number of delays caused by the resignalling project, noting that there were six such delays last month, down from 20 in May – the month when live testing of the new system started. The project is progressing much better than expected.”
Minister Khaw Boon Wan also claimed that the new signalling system testing will be completed “earlier” before December this year:
“The original schedule for the project was pushed back to allow for more testing outside of service hours. This allowed for many glitches to be discovered and fixed before the trains were tested during service hours. I expect resignalling on the North-South Line to be completed by the end of the year, and possibly before December.”
The Transport Minister also acknowledged that the government let the untested system to be used and that they are still trying to clear the software “glitches”.
“There remain some glitches that need to be fixed, like instances where trains exceed platform screen doors by a certain distance when stopping at the station, or doors failing to open.”