SMRT, NTU set up $60m lab to improve rail reliability

An SMRT train approaching the Ang Mo Kio MRT station on April 26, 2016.
An SMRT train approaching the Ang Mo Kio MRT station on April 26, 2016. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - Rail operator SMRT and Nanyang Technological University have set up a joint lab to develop solutions to build a more resilient and reliable rail system.

The $60 million lab, part funded by the National Research foundation, will integrate the rail operations and engineering capabilities of SMRT with NTU's research strengths in engineering.

The new facility was launched on Friday (May 20).

This is the latest initiative to improve the reliability of a rail network that was hit by 14 major disruptions exceeding 30 minutes last year.

 

In April this year, a power fault had triggered an unprecedented breakdown of train services along three MRT lines and one LRT line.

The Land Transport Authority is in the midst of upgrading the existing power system to increase the power supply capacity buffer.

Other ongoing upgrading projects include replacing the third rail system that powers trains along the older North-South and East-West lines, as well as switching out timber sleepers that hold the tracks in place with more durable concrete ones.