We refer to the letters by Ms Lee Kiat Chin (‘Removing train entrance grab poles not the answer’) and Mr Helmy Sa'at (‘Safety should be top priority’) in The Straits Times on 5 March.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is modifying trains on the North South East West Lines, North East Line and Circle Line to add two more rows of overhead hand rails between seats to provide more handholds in the area between the seats. While we are removing the vertical poles in the centre of the door area, we are replacing them with a longitudinal overhead handrail running through the length of the train carriage. Commuters who are not able to reach the handrails can hold on to grabpoles at the centre of the carriage and at the ends of the seat bays.
Prior to the modification, LTA conducted a trial and observed that more commuters moved further into centre of car using the overhead handrails. Also, the removal of the poles at the centre of the door area enabled passengers to move in and out of the train more easily. Overall, passenger distribution was more uniform.
Together with the Public Transport Council, Singapore Kindness Movement, and the public transport operators, SMRT and SBST, LTA will continue our public education efforts to encourage considerate public transport use.
We thank Ms Lee and Mr Helmy for their letters.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations and Public Education
Land Transport Authority