The Straits Times
Published on Sep 14, 2012

External team to conduct safety audit of SMRT project

Safety consultant sought by LTA for $195m plan to replace signalling systems


The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will engage an independent consultant to conduct a safety audit of a project to replace signalling systems on the North-South and East-West MRT lines.

This is the first time the authority has sought an external safety consultant to audit a project carried out by either rail operator.

In response to queries, an LTA spokesman said: "The objective is to bring in an external safety check where a consultant will audit the signalling project's compliance with safety standards and provide an assessment on critical areas to be improved."

The $195 million project will see SMRT replace its signalling system with newer technology that allows trains to run at shorter intervals of 100 seconds, down from 120 seconds.