29 Jul '11, 1pm

Increased frequency of train trips means higher noise level: SMRT

SINGAPORe: In the past three years, SMRT has increased the frequency of its train trips to reduce passenger congestion. SMRT added 1,600 train trips since 2008. But this has resulted in a higher level of noise, with SMRT receiving complaints from residents in Jurong East and Eunos. For example, the noise level at Bishan MRT station is around 80 to 85 decibels. This is higher than the National Environment Agency's (NEA) stipulation of 67 decibels. SMRT said the noise level is partly due to wear and tear of the train wheels and track. But with the increased trip frequency, the company faces challenges in scheduling maintenance. For example, "wheel profiling" which was previously done on week days has now been pushed to evenings as well as weekends. The company has also installed a high-speed camera on their trains to detect defects on the tracks at a faster pace. SMRT said e...

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