Massive Retarded Transportation

It was broadcasted on the news yesterday that the local transportation authorities are flagging to the republic, that there are plans to freeze railway services over weekends in the near future, for purpose of maintenance & reconditioning of railway routes, in lieu of  successive embarrassing outages in late 2011.

ImageOn the surface, it seems all good & dandy, considering they have chosen not to impede the critical mass, with intent to freeze the services on weekends, instead of weekdays. And, in substitute, to roll out substitute public transportation services for the durations when trains on the north-south & east-west lines are being maintained.

However, as the population increases, while, the trains plying on the affected lines have already reached threshold, the public should brace themselves for more regular service outages and/or suspended train services for more comprehensive repairs.

ImageIn the recent series of events, dust have been kicked, noise have been made, fingers have been pointing all over, so much so, that saw the sudden resignation of the ex CEO of the train service provider.

In hindsight, is it really the fault of one individual, or is it a pool of shortsighted executives with limited management capacity?

Well, the fault shouldn’t only be shouldered by these groups of people who try within their capacity to manage & ensure the operations. In fact, the fault starts from day 1 during the planning & design stage.

Pay a little more attention to the details, one would come to realize that the way the railway network systems were designed as if there was little or no consideration for accelerated wear & tear, as though repairs & maintenance could be managed between 0100hrs to 0400hrs.

On the roads, when lanes require repairs/ maintenance, there are alternative lanes passable to traffic, albeit, bottlenecked congested traffic flow. However, when the train lines require repair/ maintenance, there aren’t alternative parallel lines to ensure continued uninterrupted train operations.

To date, the authorities can only say that they need to do what needs to be done, to ensure continued train service providence for the republic. As much as many are not at all pleased with such inconveniences, it is inevitably no fault of the incumbent.

If only the sustainable planning/ designs for public commute can mimic the standards of how the other team has done so, for the success of our world class Changi International Airport.

In order to have better productivity & rapid growth, stop gap solutions is self-defeating. The movers/ shakers/ planners of our society need to start thinking long term.

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4 Responses to Massive Retarded Transportation

  1. Pingback: Daily SG: 17 Apr 2012 « The Singapore Daily

  2. Leadership gone wrong says:

    The whole blue print of Singapore is so screwed up that this govt treat every incident as isolated case and failed to see the whole pictures of our perpetual problems. We are not thriving and running on an efficent or good government.

  3. Nebpehtira says:

    In all honesty, even at the design stage, there was not an awful lot that could be done. Short of building the entire system as quad-track, and having a large number of redundant train-sets (massively expensive), there will be times when major maintenance is needed, above and and beyond the regular “housekeeping” work which can be fitted in at night. Any equipment has a limited service life, and will have to be replaced at some point.

    Even in London and Paris, which have much denser MRT systems with lines that largely duplicate one another in the central districts, you still get massive disruption whenever sections of line need to be shut down for major engineering work.

    Considering that the first stages of the NWL and EWL are 25 years old, that they have gone this long giving good reliability without major overhaul is pretty good. It will be interesting to see how the newer lines hold up.

  4. I Voted For Kodos says:

    In all honesty, even at the design stage, there was not an awful lot that could be done. Short of building the entire system as quad-track, and having a large number of redundant train-sets (massively expensive), there will be times when major maintenance is needed, above and and beyond the regular “housekeeping” work which can be fitted in at night. Any equipment has a limited service life, and will have to be replaced at some point.

    Even in London and Paris, which have much denser MRT systems with lines that largely duplicate one another in the central districts, you still get massive disruption whenever sections of line need to be shut down for major engineering work.

    Considering that the first stages of the NWL and EWL are 25 years old, that they have gone this long giving good reliability without major overhaul is pretty good. It will be interesting to see how the newer lines hold up.

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