LESSONS ON OPERATIONS AND SAFE DISTANCING MEASURES GLEANED FROM 14 OCTOBER 2020 MRT SERVICE DISRUPTION INCIDENT

MP Pritam Singh

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): I thank the Minister for that broad-ranging explanation as to what occurred. Just one supplementary question specific to the faulty cable. The Minister mentioned that the cable is now being forensically examined as to the reason its failure. For the earlier episodes of cable failure, was it a consistent reason as in there were not two or three different reasons so that the OEM could not identify why the cable is failing in the same way, or could this have been pre-empted to an extent if the earlier cable failures were all down to the same reason or same cause?

Mr Ong Ye Kung: There were four. Two was when the system was first commissioned; that was 2018. So, of course, there were concerns. In 2019, there were no failures.

And this year, there were two earlier failures, now this one. So, the reasons for the failure has not been established which is why, given that what has happened, we should send it for forensic examination and understand the reason why.

In the meantime, regardless of the reason, the cables would be replaced.

Ministry of Transport
3 November 2020

https://sprs.parl.gov.sg/search/sprs3topic?reportid=oral-answer-2331

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