SINGAPORE: Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said train breakdowns have come down in terms of overall numbers, signalling that the ministry is moving in the right direction.
He said that government investments have brought improvements in bus services, and that train services should also see more improvements as new trains arrive.
He added that although the ministry cannot guarantee zero defects and breakdowns, it is sparing no effort to minimise such disruptions.
Mr Lui said: "It is important that even as we work to resolve today's problems, we also have an eye on the future and continue to build up and improve the land transport system in a way which is sustainable and able to meet the long-term needs of Singapore.
"This includes encouraging the public to shift from private to public transport and to other sustainable modes of travel such as cycling and walking, and introducing initiatives to make transportation in Singapore more environmentally friendly."
He was speaking at the Land Transport Excellence Awards on Thursday evening.
In all, 27 individuals and organisations received awards across 16 categories, including service excellence and best design in rail or road infrastructure.
One new award this year is the Best Green Transport Partner, which recognises organisations that have introduced initiatives to encourage their staff to reduce travel demand or switch to more sustainable modes of travel.
The award was given to three organisations, including oil and gas giant BP, technology firm IBM and the Urban Redevelopment Authority.
Public Transport Council Chairman Gerard Ee bagged this year's Transport Thought Leader award for his leadership in enhancing Singapore's transport development.
Channel NewsAsia understands that Mr Ee is stepping down as chairman of the Public Transport Council soon, and his successor will be announced in due course.
Mr Ee became the council's chairman in 2005.
He launched the graciousness programme on public transport and led a revamp of the public transport fare structure.
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