SMRT senior executive replaced after flooding on North-South line: report

Station route of the North South Line seen in a SMRT train cabin. (PHOTO: Yahoo News Singapore)

A senior executive in charge of maintenance and systems at SMRT has been replaced following last Saturday’s (7 October) flooding in a North-South Line (NSL) tunnel.

The rail operator announced on Thursday that Ng Teck Poo will be replaced by Siu Yow Wee as director of Building & Services with immediate effect, according to a Straits Times report, citing an SMRT internal circular.

Siu will report to the senior vice-president of Maintenance and Engineering, while it is understood that Ng has been redeployed to another role, said the ST report.

Train services on the NSL between the Ang Mo Kio and Newton stations went down for some 20 hours as from last Saturday evening, when rainwater seeped into a section of the train tunnel from Bishan to Braddell stations following the afternoon’s torrential rain.

It was the worst breakdown of SMRT train services since the disruptions on NSL and East-West Line (EWL) on 7 July 2015.

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