17 Dec '11, 9pm

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew calls for 'health checks' of public transport operators

SINGAPORE - Following the second lengthy disruption yesterday morning, the North-South and East-West lines will only start running at 10am today, in an unprecedented move to allow for extensive overnight inspections. But the announcement also came with questions raised about SMRT's maintenance regime and procedures, and the Land Transport Authority's (LTA) role as a regulator. Today, free bus services, running at 10-minute frequencies, will duplicate the rail routes between 5.30am and 10am. Besides the 250 buses set aside for this, the two public transport operators, SMRT and SBS Transit, will have additional buses on standby to be deployed if needed. There were "worrisome" similarities in yesterday's disruption and the one on Thursday, said Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew at a 40-minute press conference yesterday. In both cases, initial investigations point to misalignmen...

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