SMRT to improve procedures avoiding track intrusion after deadly LRT accident

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SINGAPORE: SMRT on Thursday (Aug 17) stated it will be setting up additional signs at Bukit Panjang LRT (BPLRT) system station platforms and work to enhance commuters’ awareness of using the emergency situation train stop button, following the fatal mishap that led to the death of

a man previously in March. A coroner’s query on Wednesday discovered that the 43-year-old Ang Boon Tong had been intoxicated when he fell onto the tracks, and was hit by two trains.

SMRT’s senior vice president for the Circle Line and Bukit Panjang LRT Chia Chun Wah had affirmed that LRT trains are not equipped with challenge detection systems, and there is currently no system in place to inform the station or Operations Control Centre if a guest falls onto the tracks.

The transportation operator on Thursday stated security procedures to prevent track invasions at BPLRT consist of fixed barriers at station platforms, safety suggestions showed on posters and regular broadcast messages at the platforms to remind guests to support the yellow line while awaiting the train. There is likewise a line of tactile caution studs installed before the yellow safety line along the whole length of the platform to alert visually handicapped passengers that they are approaching the platform edge, SMRT said.Commuters can also trigger the emergency train stop buttons at the platforms when there is an emergency, said SMRT’s vice president for business interactions Patrick Nathan.State Coroner Marvin Bay stated on Wednesday that it would

work to”raise public awareness of the emergency stop plunger, the security zone on the tracks and staircase access back to the platform to prevent catastrophe whenever a person falls onto the tracks”. These ideas were just partly taken up, based upon the transportation operator’s most current statement.Mr Nathan added that SMRT is connecting to the family to provide support.

Mr Ang is made it through by his other half and three kids.


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