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Don’t overlook fiscal sustainability of the public transport system

What now looks like Singapore’s largest public transport breakdown to date, a power trip that crippled services on two major MRT lines on Tues has resurfaced commuters’ doubts and frustration over rail reliability. But it also raises questions…

SMRT postpones track upgrades to find cause of mega-breakdown

SMRT has said that it will be postponing track upgrade works so that its team can work on discovering the root cause of the recent train service disruption. SMRT said on Fri that it has “fully completed checks…

Train breakdowns affect entire transport ecosystem

Whenever a train disruption occurs, it is not only train commuters who are affected. SMRT needs to realise that its transport role and responsibility extend beyond those on board trains. Many others who do not normally take trains…

More focus needed on contingency plans

The focus is now on finding out what caused Tues’s unprecedented breakdown of both the East-West and North-South lines (“Independent expert to look into rail network”; Fri). However, why were the efforts to deal with the fallout of…

Time to rethink privatisation of train system

In the light of the latest train breakdown, the Government needs to rethink its belief that the privatisation of key infrastructure would give us better service, efficiency and cost savings. If anything, public opinion is that this is…

Singapore must plan for 10M population: Ex-HDB chief

Singapore must start planning for a population that could possibly hit 10 million, Liu Thai Ker, the man often credited as the architect of modern Singapore, told CNBC. The bold number suggested by Liu, who served as CEO…

Behaviour of other commuters key to enjoyable travel experience

How can MRT trains be designed so that problems such as crowding at the train doors are resolved and commuters stay happy? 43 per cent of respondents said they were affected by other commuters’ behaviour, 29 per cent…

Possibility of S$50m fine for SMRT is remote: Analysts

Train operator SMRT could potentially face a hefty fine of up to about S$50 million for the massive breakdown on Tues which affected up to 250,000 commuters across the island, Maybank Kim Eng said in a research note,…

Targeted reminders necessary to change attitudes to off-peak travel

When it comes to encouraging people to travel during off-peak periods, older commuters were motivated by messages on how much money they could save, whereas younger commuters were spurred by what they thought the “in crowd” was doing.…

Singapore’s newly minted World Heritage Site hosts exhibition

A new exhibition called “Botanical Inspirations” was launched earlier today at Singapore Botanic Gardens to celebrate the Gardens’ UNESCO World Heritage Inscription and SG50. Comprising two separate showcases – “Orchids of Singapore Botanic Gardens and Their Heritage” and…

S’pore’s Proclamation of Independence in late Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s voice to be played on Aug 9

This National Day, the Proclamation of Independence read by the late founding PM Lee Kuan Yew will be heard throughout the nation at grassroots-led National Day Observance Ceremonies (NDOCs) and over all local TV and radio channels. The…

Don’t overload MRT system

Overloading has been and is still the main cause of the frequent MRT breakdowns that are frustrating commuters. Who gave the authority to overload the system? Even my maid knew not to overload our washing machine after its…

Solvay opens new manufacturing plant in Singapore

Belgian specialty chemicals firm Solvay is expanding its foothold in Singapore. The company unveiled a new manufacturing plant on Jurong Island on Fri, its first in Singapore and its largest in Asia. Solvay said the S$50 million plant…

Glitzy Orchard Road malls are losing the critical battle for shopper traffic

In the feverish race for shopper traffic, Orchard Road’s large shopping complexes are losing out to their humbler sub-urban counterparts. A report by Colliers highlighted that malls in Orchard Road are falling behind decentralised shopping centres when it…

3 alternatives to investing in residential property in Singapore

No matter what the government says, Singaporeans think of any residential property they purchase not just as a home but also as an investment, fuelled by success stories of the past 50 years, which have seen property prices…

No go for en-bloc sale of Gilstead Court, says Tuan Sing Holdings

On July 9, Tuan Sing Holdings announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Dillenia Land Pte Ltd, has informed the consenting owners of Gilstead Court that it will not proceed with the en bloc purchase of the 48-unit private condo…

Singapore luxury condo see strong buying at overseas road shows

Toward the end of May, some luxury condos have been quietly showcased on overseas road shows in Hong Kong. And sales at these road shows have been strong, say property consultants. Some of the projects include Marina One…

Singapore new office leases drop by half as companies cut costs

Singapore’s new office leases declined by more than half as tenants such as Barclays gave up space, while companies including Google moved out of prime office districts to cut costs. The proportion of new leases dropped to 6…

Pandan Reservoir needs a revamp

As a much-touted “Garden City”, Singapore is getting there, but has not quite arrived yet. One nature area that needs diversity enhancement is the Pandan Reservoir. With a length of 6.7km and the size of 43 football fields,…

Two Lian Beng independent directors resign over differences with board

Lian Beng Group on Fri announced that two of its independent directors have resigned with immediate effect “due to differences in opinion” with the board. They are Sitoh Yih Pin, who is also MP from Potong Pasir, and…

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