Khaw Boon Wan says MRT Reliability has Improved by 3 Times since he Took Charge of Transport Ministry

Khaw Boon Wan was appointed Transport Minister in 2015, and he says that since then the reliability of the MRT system has improved by 3 times.

Mr Khaw, who is also the Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure, said this earlier today at the fourth joint forum on infrastructure maintenance organised by SMRT.

He said that while under former Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew, Singapore’s MRT trains travelled an average of 133,000km between delays of more than five minutes.

But since the coming of the Khaw, this figure has “happily gone up to nearly 400,000 (393,000) train-km”.

Mr Khaw was referring to the mean km between failure (MKBF).

He qualified himself, saying that the figure quoted was based on preliminary data and doesn’t include the delays from the latest signalling system tests.

Mr Khaw said that while all 5 lines have improved, the star performer is the North-East line, which clocked nearly 1 million train-km between failures.

The Downtown Line and the Circle Line have both exceeded 500,000 (518,000) train-km, while the North-South and East-West lines – the oldest here – achieved 345,000 and 282,000 train-km, respectively.

Mr Khaw said:

“This is a satisfactory outcome, against our targets of 300,000 MKBF this year, 400,000 MKBF next year and 800,000 train-km by 2020.”

These targets, said Mr Khaw, were set last year against the best-in-class Taipei Metro which clocked 800,000 MKBF.

He added that he is looking at upping the target, since Taipei Metro has improved further by achieving 1 million MKBF.

“I am upping our 2020 target from 800,000 to 1,000,000 train-km. LTA and the operators are working closely towards this target.”

Mr Khaw also said that the number of major breakdowns, or those lasting more than 30 minutes, had also fallen to 3 in the first half, from 10 the same period last year.



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