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Software glitch in signalling system led to Joo Koon train collision

A software glitch in the EWL signalling system was behind Wed morning’s collision at Joo Koon station, according to preliminary findings by LTA, SMRT and French conglomerate Thales. At about 8.18am, a train heading towards Tuas Link station…

New Soil seeks to break new ground in land reclamation

Newater has become a household name for treated dirty water but less well-known is the story of “new earth” – a name first used by former national development minister Khaw Boon Wan in a blog five years ago.…

Fire breaks out in Tampines flat, 3 taken to hospital

A fire broke out at a flat in Tampines on Wed morning, sending its three occupants to hospital. Police have classified the case, which took place at Blk 240, Tampines St 21, as mischief by fire. SCDF was…

Singapore homeowners, developers willing to pay more for green buildings

Singapore homeowners and developers are willing to pay more for green buildings in recognition of their benefits, according to a survey released by BCA on Wed. More than 70 per cent of homeowners acknowledged that green buildings have…

Not feasible to install bike racks on buses

The suggestion for the authorities to consider installing bicycle racks on buses is a weak one, and is not feasible at all (Install bicycle racks on buses; Nov 14). If the Government is going to succeed in trying…

Everyone has supporting role to play in S’pore’s green move

There is often the perception that a city getting more built-up comes at the expense of greenery, but this is not always true. It is possible to work towards the ideal of interlacing both natural and man-made environments.…

Public needs to be educated on urban farming

Despite much media publicity and a big push from the authorities, many in Singapore are still unfamiliar with urban farming and more can be done to educate people on why this is the way to go for a…

Communication is key in tackling MRT woes

There was a keen sense of anticipation when Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan rose to deliver a statement in Parliament last Tues, and to answer questions from MPs. The minister was confronting one of his biggest crises since…

Joo Koon collision: Trains are not supposed to be anywhere near each other during service hours

LTA and rail operator SMRT described Wed’s collision between two trains in Joo Koon station as an incident where one train had “come into contact” with another train, which conjures the imagery of a nudge. This severely underplays…

Train services between Joo Koon and Tuas Link to be suspended for at least a day on Nov 16

Train services between Joo Koon and Tuas Link stations will be suspended for at least a day on Thurs so that “assurance checks” can be conducted with signalling system supplier Thales, LTA said following a collision between two…

Joo Koon collision points to systems ‘failure’, WP says in calling for ‘exhaustive’ checks

WP has called on transport operator SMRT to undertake an exhaustive investigation into Wed’s Joo Koon collision, saying the incident pointed to “a failure of the systems that ought to prevent such an event”. “While facts are still…

Bugs in new signalling system could have caused collision: Experts

The new signaling system in place at the tail end of the East-West Line, where a train rear-ended another on Wed morning, could still be facing “some bugs in the software, or even hardware”, said an expert. Assistant…

Wed’s Joo Koon incident the second major MRT train collision in 24 years

The train collision at Joo Koon MRT station on Wed morning is the second such incident in Singapore’s transport history. The first incident occurred on Aug 5, 1993, when a front-to-back collision occurred between two trains at Clementi…

25 injured by collision between 2 trains at Joo Koon station

Twenty-five people have been injured after a collision between two trains at Joo Koon MRT station on Wed morning. SMRT had to shut down services between Boon Lay and Tuas Link stations from 2pm to “facilitate the recovery”…

Signal and train faults delay rush-hour commute on CCL and EWL

Morning rush-hour commuters were delayed by two separate faults on the Circle Line (CCL) and the East West Line (EWL) on Wed. An ongoing train fault at Joo Koon station on the EWL is causing delays of up…

More details needed in app alerts for transport users

After the accident at Joo Koon MRT Station on Wed, users of the MyTransport mobile application were not getting immediate detailed information. I don’t monitor Twitter, so I do not know if the passengers on the trains involved…

Review SMRT’s capacity to handle future Johor-Singapore rail link

I am dismayed by the repeated engineering shortfalls that have caused countless disruptions to the MRT lines. A few months back, it was announced that SMRT and Malaysia’s metro operator Prasarana Malaysia had committed to form a joint…

517 passengers on the moving train in Joo Koon collision

A total of 517 passengers were on a train travelling at 16km/hour when it collided with a stationary train at Joo Koon MRT station on Wed morning, SMRT said in a joint press conference with LTA on Wed…

Khaw Boon Wan apologises to commuters affected by train collision

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan apologised to commuters for Wed’s incident in which 29 people were injured. Speaking to reporters after a joint press conference in which LTA and SMRT sought to explain its preliminary findings on the…

‘Everybody flew’: Passenger recounts train collision at Joo Koon station

“The impact was very big… and everybody flew,” recounted a female passenger who was on board the train that hit a stationary one at Joo Koon Mrt station on Wed morning. The passenger, who asked to remain anonymous,…

Man fined for operating illegal pet shop in Jurong West flat

A 47-year-old man was fined S$2,750 on Wed for operating a pet shop without a license, said AVA. Acting on a tip-off in Sept, AVA said it was told of birds living in poor conditions being sold illegally…

Owners of Riviera Point asking for S$75m in fourth collective sale attempt

The owners of Riviera Point, a district 9 freehold condominium at 2 Kim Yang Road, are making a fourth attempt at a collective sale. The previous collective sale attempts were in 2007, 2011 and 2013. This time, they…

NSL hit by delays during evening rush hour

Commuters are being advised to take alternative train lines after SMRT announced that they could face up to 40 minutes’ extra travelling time on NSL during the evening rush hour on Wed. The announcement comes on the back…

Competition watchdog seeks public feedback on commitment by lift parts suppliers

The CCS is asking for public feedback on proposed commitments made by two lift parts suppliers – BNF Engineering (BNF) and C&W Services Operations (CWO), the competition watchdog said on Wed. CCS has been investigating alleged refusals by…

Pearl Bank Apartments and Parkway Mansion attempt another collective sale

Pearl Bank Apartments and Parkway Mansion will be put up for collective sale in separate tenders on Thurs, said Colliers Int. It is the fourth and third attempt at en bloc respectively for each property. The owners of…

Focus SMRT’s recovery on dealing with delays and disruptions decisively

Recently, SMRT has come under criticism for issues ranging from train disruptions late last week leaving commuters angry over the lack of official announcements about the impending delays, to the more serious matter about the falsification of maintenance…

Value of land deals ‘set to hit record in 2017’

With still a month and a half left to 2017, land transactions in Singapore, including collective sales, GLS and private sales, have hit a six-year high of S$12.6 billion. If all the pipeline deals, both public and private,…

For the first time, majority of BTO flats launched to be built using new pre-fabricated method

For the first time, the majority of BTO flats launched will be built using a new pre-fabricated method that reduces the number of workers needed at construction sites, said HDB on Tues. Of the 4,829 BTO flats launched…

En bloc sales may run into new road-block

Property developers of newly acquired collective-sales sites now have to obtain an additional layer of approval from LTA to ensure that their proposed increase in number of dwelling units does not exert undue pressure on existing infrastructure. Property…

Pick up medicine anytime with new service

Time spent at the polyclinic has halved for part-time clinic assistant Juliana Wee in the past few months. The 64-year-old no longer has to wait to pick up medicine and pay for it at the pharmacy. A new…

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