MRT stations no place for eateries

I fully agree that public transport's primary function is to move people, while retail facilities and shareholders' interests should be of secondary concern ("My wish list for the new Transport Minister"; last Wednesday).

Eateries should not be allowed at train stations. They attract rats, cockroaches and other pests, and this leads to the unthinkable scenario of the pests causing train breakdowns.

In 1987, the Rapid Transit Systems Act was established and it was declared that no food or drink was to be consumed in MRT trains and stations.

So, why establish food and drink stores at the stations?

Koh Wee Leng (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 06, 2015, with the headline 'MRT stations no place for eateries'. Print Edition | Subscribe