SINGAPORE: Commuters can look forward to more reliable train service and shorter waits for trains in 2014, according to a joint statement on Thursday from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and public transport operators SMRT and SBS Transit.
The statement also said train service reliability improved in 2013 following several targeted measures implemented by joint teams that the LTA has formed with the two transport operators.
Network-wide, the number of incidents causing delays of more than five minutes for every 100,000 kilometres travelled declined by 20 per cent in 2013 compared to 2012.
On the North South and East West Lines, the number of incidents resulting in delays of more than five minutes for every 100,000 kilometres travelled decreased by about 15 per cent in 2013 from the previous year.
The statement noted that SMRT has stepped up preventive maintenance, and adopted new technologies for the early detection and quick rectification of faults.
The infrastructure of the North South and East West Lines was also enhanced, with LTA and SMRT working to replace timber sleepers with concrete sleepers and to upgrade the signalling system.
This year, LTA and SMRT will look at system-wide renewal of the third rail.
Turning to the North East Line, the statement said the incident rate for delays of more than five minutes for every 100,000 kilometres travelled has increased slightly.
However, it said, delays caused by train or system faults were eased in 2013.
The statement said SBS Transit had worked to address the underlying causes affecting reliability, and also taken steps to improve recovery time when service was disrupted.
As for the Circle Line, the statement said service reliability has significantly improved, with close to 50 per cent reduction in incidents resulting in delays of more than 5 minutes.
It said SMRT is completing its final stretch of the power cable replacement exercise at all Circle Line stations to improve reliability.
Looking ahead, the statement said commuters can expect shorter waiting times in 2014, especially during off-peak periods.
It said since January 1, operators have increased the number of weekly train trips to improve train service.
For the North East Line, more than 400 or close to 13 per cent more weekly train trips were added, and off-peak headways now range from three to five minutes.
For the North South and East West Lines, over 400 or 5 per cent more weekly train trips will be progressively added.
For the CCL, about 200 or 4 per cent more weekly train trips were added since January 1, 2014, and about another 150 or 3 per cent weekly train trips will be added in February 2014. - CNA/nd
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