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  • The Railway Gazette International - 01 Jun 2017

    Rethinking Depot Design (PDF File) - 1mb

    The introduction of new vehicle designs and ever greater use of condition monitoring systems are driving the evolution of rolling stock maintenance depots.

    The Business Times - 06 May 2017

    Driving The Future (PDF File) - 4mb

    A 1.8 hectare circuit of new road is currently being paved on Jalan Bahar. The circuit will be part of the Centre of Excellence for Testing and Research of Autonomous Vehicles NTU (Cetran), where car manufacturers can test their driverless cars to see how they react to real-world situations. And with Cetran, which is jointly developed by LTA and JTC, Singapore's multi-party push for young transport technologies will reach a key phase, where certification and regulatory regimes are key. Industry experts say that government support is needed for electric cars, driverless cars, or even flying taxis to take off in the real world. Corporate entities can only do so much, said Royal Dutch Shell's downstream director John Abbott. "You probably need fiscal incentives, or the government to invest in infrastructure." Just relying on industry-side improvements is not enough, and governments can help in charging infrastructure, says NTU Prof Subodh Mhaisalkan. They can consider opportunity charging, where batteries are charged frequently in one work cycle. This makes more economic sense for car owners.

    The Straits Times - 21 Mar 2017

    Changi's Jewel shaping up well for sparkling start in 2019 (PDF File) - 3mb

    The construction of a future Jewel at Changi has reached the halfway mark, putting the airport on track to build an icon that aims to make Singapore a more attractive air hub and destination. The facade and works inside will be completed by the fourth quarter of next year, in time for an early 2019 opening. At $1.7 billion, the project is a considerable investment for Changi Airport Group, which owns 51 per cent of Jewel Changi Airport Development, with the remaining stake held by CapitaLand Mall Asia.   

    The Business Times - 06 Jan 2017

    Changi Airport to work with firms, startups to improve operations (PDF File) - 306kb

    Changi Airport Group (CAG) and EDB signed a memorandum of understanding on a new $50 million programme to harness technology and innovation to improve airport operations over the next five years, through collaborations with innovation-driven companies and start-ups to develop new technology solutions in a live airport environment. One example is how cameras and sensors have been installed at a taxi queue at Changi Airport Terminal 3 to track the waiting time for cabs and the number of people in the queue. The data will be collated and analysed over the next six to 12 months, and shared with taxi companies to study demand patterns so as to ensure there are enough cabs. It could also potentially provide commuters with real-time information through their mobile phones on what to expect even before they join the taxi queue. This technology will be especially useful during peak periods. 

    The Sunday Times - 06 Dec 2015

    World's busiest port by 1982 (PDF File) - 2mb

    The article profiled Mr Toh Kok Tia, who started work as a clerk at the then Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) in 1964. Mr Toh had taken on roles such as assistant traffic superintendent and assistant manager, has seen the port move up the ranks to become the world's busiest port by shipping tonnage by 1982. He was there when Singapore opened its first container berth at Tanjong Pagar Terminal and welcomed its first container vessel - the MV Nihon from Rotterdam, the Netherlands - carrying a cargo of 300 containers. These days, mega ships carrying about 20,000 TEU routinely call at Singapore. As time passed, the cargo that originated from Singapore became lighter in weight but higher in value, said Mr Toh.

    The Straits Times - 30 Oct 2015

    Three new stations to close loop for Circle Line (PDF File) - 2mb

    The Circle Line (CCL) will become a full circle in 2025, when a 4km rail stretch with three new stations - Keppel, Cantonment and Prince Edward - is completed. CCL6 will link existing terminal stations HarbourFront and Marina Bay, offering commuters direct routes to the city and Marina Bay area. SMS Ng Chee Meng, who unveiled the new stations during a visit to the Tuas West Extension, said yesterday (29 Oct): "(The) CCL6 will support direct east-west travel, enhancing overall connectivity between areas such as Paya Lebar and Mountbatten, and areas such as Pasir Panjang, Kent Ridge and HarbourFront." He added that the extension will enhance the CCL's role as an orbital line allowing commuters to transfer between MRT lines without entering the city centre. This extension will cost $3.7 billion and construction is expected to start in the middle of 2017. More than 400,000 commuters use the line daily and LTA expects ridership to grow further, though it did not provide a projection. The extension will also support future developments, such as the Greater Southern Waterfront project, a 1,000ha slice of coastal land that will be freed up by the relocation of ports from Pasir Panjang and Tanjong Pagar to Tuas by 2027. To cater to the construction, four part lots of private land - including open areas, container stacking lots and driveways - will be acquired. The combined land space gazetted is 7,721.6 sq m. Commuters interviewed are looking forward to the full loop. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction. 

    The Straits Times - 27 Oct 2015

    'Rat catchers' needed to ease rail woes: Khaw (PDF File) - 393kb

    "Rat catchers", or sharp-eyed engineers who can spot potential problems, can play a part in easing Singapore's rail woes, Minister suggested yesterday (26 October), following another train disruption. Referring to the NEL disruption yesterday, Minister wrote in a blog post: "Such breakdowns tarnish our reputation, and we are re-doubling our efforts to improve train reliability. Singaporeans deserve better." In the post, Minister shared an e-mail he had received from Mr Tan Gee Paw, chairman of PUB, who is advising him on rail transformation. In the e-mail, Mr Tan wrote that to deal with breakdowns, the agencies involved have to "go beyond codes of practice and do preventive risk analysis on the entire system," and "need to engage street-smart, sharp-eyed practising engineers in systems engineering for rails alongside the third-party consultant", dubbing these engineers "rat catchers". As the rail system ages, more "rats" will appear, Mr Tan said, adding that "Unless we can get this done quickly, pouring massive engineering manpower to beef up maintenance will never get us out of this mess." Noting that Mr Tan's experience showed through in the e-mail, Minister said: "With his assistance, we will tackle this problem of rail reliability." Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction. 

    The Straits Times - 26 Oct 2015

    Rail failures: Kampung spirit can help (PDF File) - 893kb

    No recovery plan, however comprehensive, can adequately deal with the chaos that immediately follows a very severe train disruption - the only solution is preventing such disruptions in the first place, Minister said in a blog post on Saturday (24 Oct). Having said that, service staff in train stations could be roped in to help deal with the fall-out in the critical first hour of less severe incidents.  Citing the recent crash-landing emergency exercise at Changi Airport, Minister observed how various stakeholders at the airport worked together as one family. "This is the kampung spirit that we must inculcate in every MRT station," Minister said, adding that SMS had suggested involving shopkeepers working in the station so they can play a part in contingency plans. Minister added that he has asked LTA and transport operators to consider the suggestion. SMS told ST that she had observed many commuters shopping at shops near the stations before their bus and train journeys. SMS said: "It's quite natural for them to interact with service staff. If these service staff also know what local measures are being taken, they can help advise the commuters, who can in turn advise other commuters". A 30-year-old employee at a nail parlour located in Tampines MRT station said she does not mind getting involved. She said: "If we can all help each other, that would be so much better." Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction. 

    The Straits Times - 26 Oct 2015

    Khaw: Not sexy? Rail maintenance critical (PDF File) - 180kb

    Maintenance is "critical work" that keeps the rail network going, Minister wrote in a blog post yesterday (25 Oct). Titled “Maintenance isn't sexy”, the blog post spelt out the work done by maintenance staff after train services end at night. Minister wrote: "No one appreciates it until something goes wrong. Sexy or not, maintenance is the most valuable work we need to do well, to keep a complex system humming.” Minister added that more skilled manpower will be needed for the rail industry as the rail network grows, with more trains and trips are being run. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction. 

    The Straits Times - 16 Oct 2015

    Rail lines to be 'delinked' in disruptions (PDF File) - 337kb

    To avoid a repeat of the network-wide rail disruption on 7 July, the electrical connections between the NSEWL will be “delinked” when the need arises. This means that the electrical supply between the two major rail lines can be disconnected if one line is down, allowing the other to continue functioning as normal. LTA and SMRT will be installing electrical breaks at two MRT interchange stations - Jurong East and Raffles Place - wrote Minister in a blog post yesterday. In a reply to questions from ST, LTA said delinking the two rail lines involves cutting the running rail and putting in bonded insulated rail joints at the point of disconnection. “When a rail incident occurs and there is a need to delink the two rail lines, SMRT staff can disconnect the cables and operate each line separately,” LTA added. Assistant Professor Raymond Ong Ghim Ping from NUS, said the move limits the impact of a breakdown. “Users can hence expect a shorter delay when the efforts to delink the system are completed,” he added. “Such delinking efforts will incur cost, but it is a worthwhile investment where system resiliency can be significantly improved.” Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction. 

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