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Making track inspection safe, efficient and productive

Every night, patrollers walk the railway lines to check on the condition of the tracks. Running rails are important assets that may affect passenger comfort, journey time or even the safety of operations if they are damaged. As…

Bridging the reliability expectation gap

In transit systems from London to Sydney, rail passengers are told to “mind the gap” between the train and the platform. For Mr Shahrin Abdol Salam, Senior VP, Plans and Development, SMRT Trains, the phrase takes on a…

Trains operations review: improving reliability and connectivity

There are over two million commuter rides on our trains every day. SMRT Trains is working to ensure that we bring you safe, reliable and comfortable rides every day. Our multi-year, multi-project efforts in renewing the NSEWL as…

SMRT-LTA Joint Media Conference

Firstly, I would like to thank our commuters for their patience and understanding and seek their continual support as we go through this process of system renewal on the oldest MRT line in Singapore as a nation. I…

Fine-tuning the New Signalling System

Since we began regular system-level performance checks on the new signalling system for the NSL, we have received valuable feedback and suggestions from many individuals and organisations. I thought it would be useful to share with commuters the…

The Future of Rail

It is not unlike the perfectly-timed choreography of a F1 pit stop team. Four men from the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) stand trackside on SMRT’s East-West Line (EWL), tool kits in hand. The train passes and they kick…

SMRT and University of Birmingham Work to Enhance Rail Reliability

SMRT Corp and the University of Birmingham, one of the top universities for railway science and education in UK, have embarked on four research projects that will enhance the reliability of railway networks. About 20 SMRT engineers will…

SMRT rail report 2017

Our multi-year, multi-project efforts to improve the journey for train commuters by enhancing rail operations, maintenance and engineering are seeing steady results. This is thanks to close and constant collaboration and cooperation with our counterparts from LTA and…

All-of-SMRT approach to keeping MRT train services moving

In SMRT, all staff have a part to play in keeping train services moving. During a train disruption, more than 700 staff from SMRT corporate departments such as finance, HR, IT and corporate communications are recalled to serve…

SMRT rail renewal milestone: 188,000 sleepers replaced

To enhance rail reliability and to provide better journeys for millions of commuters who travel with SMRT every day, we embarked on the biggest rail transformation programme since rail operations began in Singapore in 1987. The sleeper replacement…

SMRT partners NTU and JTC in Transport Research

Newer, and better urban solutions for the future, and integrating multiple modes of transportation for better connectivity and accessibility- that is what SMRT Corp, NTU, Singapore and JTC Corporation are hoping to achieve. The three organisations signed a…

Re-signalling Project will significantly improve reliability

There were two disruptions on the East-West Line due to faulty track circuits in recent weeks. Commuters have asked if this is in any way related to the sleeper replacement project and what was the cause of it…

SMRT improvements to rail engineering capabilities

A few days ago, a group of young engineers who were attending a one-week course as part of STEP-IN* programme came back to the main maintenance depot at Bishan to help their more senior colleagues investigate the root…

SMRT rail performance data

SMRT’s engineering team tracks closely the performance of all rail lines because the data collated allows the team to know which areas of the rail network need more attention. Such data is shared with the public too. SMRT…

SMRT rail improvements – updates

A tremendous amount of work is being put into renewing and upgrading the NSEWL, Singapore’s oldest, longest and most heavily utilised MRT lines. The work takes place every day even as the rail network continues to serve passengers…

SMRT air conditioning improvements

Air conditioning is crucial in keeping commuters cool on the train. An analysis on the most frequent causes of aircon failure for NSEWL trains has shown that a key cause is fuses in the aircon motors blowing out…

Eye on the future: Options for replacing or renewing the BPLRT system

The 8-hour disruption on the BPLRT on Wed 28 Sep 2016 shows that the ageing system continues to test the mettle of our engg staff and the patience of users of Singapore’s first light rail system. In Mar…

Platform screen doors at SMRT MRT stations

There are 2,880 platform screen doors (PSD) across the NSEWL. A total of 816 of these are the original pneumatic PSD that were installed in underground stations. In addition, 144 electric PSDs were installed in three underground stations…

Escalator maintenance at SMRT stations

On 7 Jan 2016, SMRT awarded OTIS Elevator the contract to refurbish 233 escalators. These escalators are located in 42 stations along the NSEWL network. The $47.3 million contract will see work take place from Aug 2016 to…

Powering SMRT trains on the NSEWL

A tremendous amount of work is being put into renewing and upgrading the NSEWL. The transformation of the NSEWL is a complex set of engineering projects. It represents the first major upgrade for the lines since they started…

SMRT third rail maintenance to prevent disruptions

The third rail supplies electrical power to the trains operating on the rail line. It is elevated and runs parallel to the rest of the track. A part of the train known as the Current Collection Device (CCD)…

Keeping our cool

Air conditioning is a crucial component in keeping commuters cool on the train. Nothing irks us more than hoping to escape the humid Singapore weather by taking the train, only to find it stuffy and warm. On all…

SMRT-NTU smart urban rail corporate laboratory launch

Today, SMRT-NTU Smart Urban Rail Corporate Laboratory (Corp-Lab) was officially launched by Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Mr Khaw Boon Wan. Corp-Lab is a collaborative platform where SMRT partner academia and fellow industry partners for…

Trains Vs Lightning

We spoke to our engineers to understand how our trains are protected from lightning strikes. Each train is protected by a “Faraday Cage”. This is an enclosure formed by conductive material that blocks electric fields and electric currents…

SMRT condition monitoring technologies

The NSEWL are two of Singapore’s oldest heavy rail lines. These lines carry almost 2.5 million passengers from as early as 6am to around midnight each day. Maintenance teams have only a few hours each night to rectify…

SMRT mobility features

Millions of commuters travel on our transportation network daily. Lot’s of us know the stations and interchanges so well that we breeze through them on auto-pilot, with eyes glued to our phones. Admit it, you and I are…

SMRT disruptions 2015- and what we are doing

Singapore’s MRT network consists of five different lines and has a total of 118 stations in operation. SMRT operates the NSL, EWL and Circle Line (CCL). The other lines that complete the network are the NEL and the…

Train Reliability Data

Is the MRT system more reliable or not? That’s the question many people had on their minds when they saw ST story on 5th Apr titled “Rise in major breakdowns but MRT gets more reliable”. The story was…

Testing time for new Circle Line (CCL) trains

Just after 11am on 3 Mar, a series of tweets from SMRT advising Circle Line commuters of a longer journey indicated something amiss. The extra travelling time was caused by a propulsion fault on a new CCL train…

It is time to renew the Bukit Panjang LRT

Singapore’s oldest LRT network at Bukit Panjang has been in service since Nov 1999. Even as brand new train-cars start serving the community in Bukit Panjang, the system, which is nearing the end of its design life, continues…

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