The Government had announced in January 2008 that platform doors will first be installed at Jurong East, Yishun and Pasir Ris MRT stations next year and on the rest of the stations in 2012. This is due to the increase in the number of jumps since 2004, which saw 16 cases for 2 consecutive years before raising to 30 in 2006 and 31 last year.

When initially confronted with the idea, LTA questioned the cost effectiveness of installing such platforms and hinted that the cost will eventually be passed on to commuters at the end of the day. This is somewhat similar to the "security surcharge" that most air passengers pay whenever the take a flight.

The cost of installing such doors is thought to be reduced, given the increase in the installation in other countries. However, while LTA admitted to that, they did not commit to any figures.

I can imagine how train fares will be calculated next time:

  1. Basic fare
  2. Security surcharge
  3. Fuel surcharge
  4. Station tax
  5. Door maintenance surcharge
  6. Driver(-less) system surcharge
  7. Terrorist surcharge
  8. Increased security (aka Security 2) surcharge

By the way, 8 is a prosperous number in most East Asian countries. =) By the way, do feel free to take part in the survey on the right on installation of platform doors.

THIS latest incident highlights the need for screen doors on platforms of all above-ground MRT stations.

The Government announced in January that it will install the doors first in Jurong East, Pasir Ris and Yishun stations next year, and the rest by 2012.

Transport Minister Raymond Lim had said that such incidents disrupted train services and inconvenienced many commuters, especially during peak hours.

It has not been decided how high these doors will be or what form they will take, but they will be of a ‘sufficient’ height and yet still allow for fresh air to circulate, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

Calls for installing such doors started about four years ago. The subject has also been mentioned in Parliament whenever someone strays onto the tracks.

The number of such incidents has been on the up: from an average of 16 cases a year in 2004 and 2005, to 30 in 2006 and 31 last year.

But each time the subject was raised, SMRT and the LTA raised the ‘cost effectiveness’ question, given the number of such incidents. The LTA also said the cost of the doors could eventually be borne by commuters in the form of higher fares.

But Mr Lim has explained that, with such screen doors being adopted in transit systems worldwide, their cost has come down.

LTA confirmed that the cost has fallen by a quarter, but declined to give specific numbers.

Article obtained from on 7th April 2008

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