‘Disconnect’ between rail reliability numbers and public notion: Transport Minister

SINGAPORE — Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan yesterday acknowledged a “disconnect” between rail reliability numbers, which confirmed the Republic making vital strides, and the image seen by journalists and Singaporeans.

He attributed this to a conflation of two separate missions that the transport authorities are grappling with: Elevating the reliability of present MRT traces and pursuing new rail initiatives, such because the Thomson-East Coast Line.

Recalling the authorities’ launch of reliability figures a number of months in the past, Mr Khaw described the disconnect as “very comprehensible”.

“‘You stated you’ve improved reliability, MKBF (imply kilometre between failure) doubled, tripled, and so forth, however I nonetheless face breakdowns, delays, this and that’,” he stated.

Mr Khaw famous that new initiatives have been being “superimposed” on the mission to extend reliability on present rail networks.

“Life, in fact, can be easier if we simply can do one factor at a time … however we don’t have that luxurious of time,” he stated, including that each missions carried completely different benchmarks.

On rail reliability, Mr Khaw stated the MKBF was an excellent normal measurement used globally. “If you wish to be truthful and goal in finding out and measuring what we’ve been doing (over) the final two years, it’s first vital that we recognise there are separate missions, separate initiatives, separate groups … and we must always decide the initiatives in that method,” he stated.

Within the first half of this yr, Singapore’s MRT community recorded an general MKBF of 393,000 train-km earlier than hitting delays of greater than 5 minutes. This was higher than the Authorities’s goal of 300,000 train-km for the yr, and greater than double the 174,000 train-km recorded final yr.

Whereas progress has been made, Mr Khaw acknowledged that Singapore was “not there” but. In July, he raised the MKBF goal from 800,000 train-km to at least one million train-km by 2020.

There’s a comparable “disconnect” in on-going efforts to get a brand new signalling system occurring the North-South Line, he added.

In Parliament on Monday, Mr Khaw had in contrast Singapore’s expertise with the London Underground’s — the place its new system took a yr to stabilise — and stated the group engaged on the venture right here thought it had completed “a lot, a lot better” than initially thought.

“Let’s use the proper methodology to evaluate,” he urged yesterday, although he was fast so as to add: “This isn’t shrugging off the frustrations or unhappiness of the commuters. No one needs to intentionally trigger a delay.” KENNETH CHENG

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