Author Documenting Thomson Line Accuses LTA of Issuing Legal Threats to Block Transparency

Authors of a blog that has documented the building of the Thomson Line for the past 3 years have announced that they will be shutting down operations.

The blog was started to share details of different stages of the construction of the train line, and contains a treasure trove of pictures and write-ups of the building progress of different stations compared to the skimpy details provided on the LTA’s own website.

In a parting shot, one of the authors, Nethaniel Foo, said:

“Since the creation of the blog, the LTA has shown an averse attitude to the idea of information sharing on a virtual stage, and displayed disinterest in any attempts of collaboration. Over the last quarter, the agency begun aggressively issuing legal threats against the sub-contractors and workers whom have supported the blog with their kind contribution of pictures – all with the good intent of sharing greater details on the construction progress.”

Foo said that the self-funded blog was “created as a platform for the promotion of the engineering and construction works of an underground MRT line, to be shared with the general public and the construction industry.”

“Despite the setbacks, the blog has today become an authoritative portal for many stakeholders and construction teams to track the progress of the project, it has been increasingly difficult to sustain with the obstinate attitude of the LTA.”

The Thomson-East Coast Line is expected to be unrolled in phases, starting from 2019.


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