In the news press “Trains on the North-South and East-West Lines Safe for Service” (2016) from The Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) website, LTA announced that trains on the North-South and East-West Lines are safe. The contract was awarded to Kawasaki Heavy Industries and CSR Sifang to supply LTA with 35 trains. They were tested before they were used.
A test resulted in a case whereby the cover of the train battery housing flew open due to gas-built up and it has hence been swiftly rectified. Cracks were also found on the draughtscreen of five trains caused by errors during the installation process.
Apart from the battery and draughtscreen issues, LTA also discovered hairline cracks on 26 of the trains. After rigorous testing and assessment by LTA, the cracks which were caused by the impurity in the car-body bolster material will not have any impact on the operational safety of the trains. An “independent third-party assessor, TUV Rheinland,” agreed with LTA that the trains were able to operate safely.
LTA decided that the most practical way to rectify the defect was by substituting the whole “car-body shell”. Thus, the affected trains are being shipped back to their manufacturer for repair works gradually. Out of 26 trains, the car-bodies of five trains have been changed and the sixth one will be completed soon. In accordance with the safety guidelines, LTA and TUV Rheinland will conduct continual inspection to ensure all trains are safe for operation.
 A car-body bolster is a rectangular aluminum alloy structure measuring 2800mm (length) and 750mm (breadth) and 170mm (thick). It is the support for the car-body to rest on the bogie of the train.
LTA/SMRT have done a great part on their behalf to assure consumers like me of their high and precise safety standards. However their stress on safety standards should not be impaired by a strict time frame as it might result in manufacturing defects due to haste; hence wasting more time.
Reader Response to Article: – Draft 1
The article,"TRAINS ON THE NORTH-SOUTH AND EAST-WEST LINES SAFE FOR SERVICE" (2016, July 6) on the LTA news page informs consumers of their new trains being defective and what measures and actions were taken to assure that their safety standards are not compromised. It goes in dept into the details of how many trains were affected and what problems were encountered during the tests. Also, organisations were mentioned to assure consumers that relevant players in the railway/train market were tasked to relieve the impending problems faced by LTA.
Firstly, LTA's article gave the exact number of trains with problems and detailed results of the test to assure consumers that they know what they are doing. Organisations like CSR Sifang,Kawasaki Heavy Industries and TUV Rheinland are involved in these amendments. However further background check on CSR Sifang have made me doubt the credibility of LTA choices in picking a manufacturer for their new trains. Credible sources have shown that even China's CRC (China Railway Corporation ) have condemned their subsidiary CSR Sifang for failing to produce quality trains or "the declining quality is because of the rush to deliver the new trains."
However LTA had chosen a proper third-party tester to run inspections for their new trains. "TÜV Rheinland has been named global independent 3rd party authorized test laboratory for testing and certifying according to the LoRa® certification program in Europe."and " Product safety testing carried out by GTAC of TÜV Rheinland Japan is accredited by worldwide accreditation bodies like DAkkS and JNLA according to ISO/IEC17025." This shows how serious LTA is in ensuring the results from the third-party is credible enough to assure the tight safety standards LTA has.
Secondly , LTA has in fact used too much time to get the damaged trains repaired. "Dr Park Byung Joon, a senior lecturer at SIM University, told Channel NewsAsia that the seven-year period needed to repair the train's defects "seems extremely long".. Ample time was given to CSR Sifang by LTA to replace the damaged trains. Despite the long time frame, i would still adopt the "less haste more pace" approach as it would really ensure dedicated safety checks to make sure the trains are fully safe before they are used.
In the news press “Trains on the North-South and East-West Lines Safe for Service” (2016) from The Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) website, LTA announced that trains on the North-South and East-West Lines are safe. The contract was awarded to Kawasaki Heavy Industries...