Sunday, December 18, 2011

Tentative thoughts on the MRT break downs.

Simply put, SMRT was clueless, not on top of their job of maintaining the system. Now they are hoping to obtain salvation from the "nobody gets fired for buying IBM" principle?

What a cover the behind attitude. They did what they were told - by the book. If something fails outside the book, they are not at fault?

No, people must be made to own the outcomes if there were not to be an endless litany of honest mistakes.

I wouldn't be surprised all these is the result of running the system too hard, taking it beyond the edge of reliability, poor engineering leadership that live by the book rather than know the system.

Now why are we the ditch over this? It was the Cabinet's clever by half policies of growing our population in a hurry. Our infrastructure just could no handle this. What else is coming apart next?

Those who are short term always look clever for a while; then their myopia catch up with them eventually.

MRT trains to go slower, frequency reduced
SINGAPORE - MRT trains will now run slower along certain stretches - mostly in the city area - and the frequency will be reduced, as the authorities take steps to prevent more disruptions.

At a press conference today, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said it has directed SMRT to apply a temporary speed restriction of 40kph at the affected stretches and to monitor the train vibration in these areas.

The slower speeds will translate to an additional travelling time of about five minutes for a train ride from one end to the other on the North South Line and East West line. For morning commuters, the waiting times for the trains will also go up by about 10 per cent - as a result of the removal from service of damaged trains.

Staff from the LTA and SMRT have conducted an overnight inspection. The inspection team found several instances of dislodged "claws" that secure the third rail - which supplies power to the trains - to the support structure of the tracks. In all, 61 rail defects were found while 13 trains were also deemed to be "defective".

The dislodged claws were discovered mainly at sections of train tunnels in the city area where floating slab tracks are installed - these floating slab structures are meant to contain the vibration from passing trains so that surrounding buildings are not affected. Investigations will continue to determine if there is any correlation between the floating slab structures and the dislodged claws.

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