Khaw explains decision on train cracks

The recalled train with hairline cracks on the carbody bolster on July 12.
The recalled train with hairline cracks on the carbody bolster on July 12. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

The 26 China-assembled trains with hairline cracks are being rectified with better-quality parts cast in Japan, the authorities said.

The cracks did not pose a safety risk, so the issue was not made public when they were found three years ago, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan yesterday.

And while the trains had to be sent back to the manufacturer, this did not affect the North-South East-West Line's capacity, he said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2016, with the headline 'Khaw explains decision on train cracks'. Print Edition | Subscribe