New train signalling system tests in Singapore to be extended to operating hours

For better operation of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) trains in Singapore, tests on the new train signalling system could be extended to normal operating hours, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan in a Facebook post.

Transport Minister of Singapore Khaw Boon Wan present at the MRT Maintenance Operation Centre to observe testing on the North-South Line and the East-West Line.
Transport Minister of Singapore Khaw Boon Wan present at the MRT Maintenance Operation Centre to observe testing on the North-South Line and the East-West Line. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of Khaw Boon Wan

The Minister alerted the passengers to expect glitches and delays in the coming days.

“We plan to extend testing to revenue hours, i.e. with passengers on board. Expect glitches and delays. I urge commuters to bear with us and thank them for their patience”, wrote the Minister on Facebook.

He has gone to the MRT Maintenance Operation Centre to observe testing on the North-South Line and the East-West Line.

The Minister said that with the stabilisation of the new signalling system on the North-South Line, the focus has been turned to the East-West Line.

“Learning from the North South Line experience, we are intensifying testing of the system, without passengers. This means doing so during engineering hours. That is why the ECLO (Early Closure, Late Opening) is so useful to us.”

Transport Minister of Singapore Khaw Boon Wan along with the staff of MRT Maintenance Operation Centre of Singapore.
Transport Minister of Singapore Khaw Boon Wan along with the staff of MRT Maintenance Operation Centre of Singapore. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of Khaw Boon Wan

Giving justification for ECLO, Wan said, “Extra engineering hours provides us with longer blocks of time on the train tracks. With ECLO for the entire East West Line, we are also able now to test the new system for the entire line, and not just partial stretches.”

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