Singapore transport regulator fines SMRT for subway breakdowns

The crowd at Clementi MRT station after a breakdown. Soldiers could be deployed at MRT stations for crowd control, but only as a last resort.
Lianhe Zaobao

SINGAPORE - Singapore's Land Transport Authority said it plans to fine SMRT Corp S$5.4 million for disruptions to its two busiest lines in July that affected more than 400,000 people.

The two main subway lines in Singapore broke down simultaneously for the first time on July 7, stranding tens of thousands of commuters during rush hours.

The disruption was caused by intermittent tripping of the rail power system at multiple locations.

This is the highest financial penalty imposed on an operator since two disruptions in December 2011, when SMRT was fined S$2 million, the transport authority said.

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