1. A train heading eastwards on the Circle Line (CCL) suddenly catches fire. It comes to a halt in the tunnel between Nicoll Highway and Stadium Stations, trapping the 400 passengers onboard. Upon detection of the incident, CCL Operations Control Centre (OCC) personnel and the emergency units detrain and evacuate all passengers to safe ground, and put out the fire.
2. The above is part of the scenario of an emergency exercise jointly conducted by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), SMRT, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and Singapore Police Force (SPF) this morning to test the operational readiness of CCL from Dhoby Ghaut to Bartley, before it opens for passenger service on 17 Apr 10 (Saturday). The accident simulation was designed to inspect the preparedness of the equipment and facilities in the event of an emergency as well as check the capabilities of the OCC and emergency personnel to manage crisis situations effectively and efficiently.
3. Half of the exercise participants were evacuated via an escape shaft - the first time evacuation using escape shaft was built into an MRT emergency exercise regime. Please refer to the attached Fact Sheet for more information on escape shafts.
4. Guest-of-Honour Mr Teo Ser Luck, Senior Parliamentary Secretary (SPS), Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, was pleased with the exercise outcomes. "Before we open a major infrastructure to the public, such as the CCL, it is important that we conduct an emergency exercise so that all the relevant agencies can put their emergency and response plans to the test. Today's exercise has demonstrated that we have systems and procedures in place to detect and respond speedily and effectively, should an emergency occur in the tunnel," SPS Teo said.
5. Among the participants were 200 grassroots members from the seven constituencies along the Dhoby Ghaut-Bartley CCL alignment, and another 100 students and teachers from Dunman High School, located near Mountbatten Station.
6. Ms Annabelle Khoo, 16, a Dunman High student who just took part in her first emergency exercise was thankful for the experience. "We live in a safe environment and may sometimes take safety for granted. The emergency exercise is a reminder that we need to stay vigilant. We are also encouraged to think about what to do in a real emergency. It is reassuring to know that the authorities are prepared to deal with emergencies," she said.
7. Agreeing, Mr Raymond Loy, 55, from Geylang Serai Community Club Management Committee said, "The exercise today has helped us understand better how we should react in such a situation. As grassroots leaders, it is essential that we know what to do in an emergency so that we can share what we have learnt with our residents. Knowing what to do will also help us remain calm so that we can assist our fellow passengers."
About CCL from Dhoby Ghaut to Bartley
CCL from Dhoby Ghaut to Bartley is 11-kilometre long comprising 11 stations - Dhoby Ghaut, Bras Basah, Esplanade, Promenade, Nicoll Highway, Stadium, Mountbatten, Dakota, Paya Lebar, MacPherson and Tai Seng.
With Paya Lebar Interchange Station joining CCL to the existing East-West Line, passengers travelling from the eastern parts of Singapore can now bypass the City Hall and Raffles Place interchanges to get to the city and northern parts of Singapore. The same holds true for those travelling from the north and north-east commuting to the city and the eastern part of the island.