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Old June 1st, 2005, 06:27 AM   #1061
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yar almost the entire fleet should be renewed already.
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 01:57 PM   #1062
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02 June 2005

LTA terminates services of contractor in Pasir Panjang Road project

SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority has terminated the employment of L&M Prestressing for the upgrading project at Telok Blangah and Pasir Panjang Roads.

It will be getting a new contractor to finish the work.

Based on the Pasir Panjang Road semi-expressway contract awarded in January 2000, LMP was to have constructed a viaduct in the area by July 2003.

But the company run into financial difficulties and asked for an extension of the project till May 2005.

Although it could get fresh funds, LTA found progress of the works was unsatisfactory.

It therefore decided to engage a new contractor and will be calling for an open tender.

86 percent of the project has so far been completed.

The viaduct structure has been connected to the completed viaduct at Telok Blangah Road.

All pre-cast segments for the full stretch of viaduct along Pasir Panjang Road up to South Buona Vista Road junction have been launched.

The remaining viaduct works are at the area around the South Buona Vista Road.

At the ground level, Pasir Panjang Road and part of Telok Blangah Road have been reinstated with new layer of premix.

The majority of the drains and footpaths have also been completed.

LTA said the new contractor will have to finish building the remaining viaduct and ramp structure between the South Buona Vista Road junction and West Coast Highway.

It expects the project to be completed and opened to traffic by early next year.

LTA said the additional costs required to complete the project by the new contractor as well as the cost to be recovered from LMP will be determined after working out the cost due to the delay and other claims. - CNA /dt

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Old June 2nd, 2005, 03:56 PM   #1063
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I think I've just seen a new model of SBS Transit double-decker bus (#147)... plate #9889... Anyone seen it?

Hope they would replace all the double-deckers with new ones!
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 07:22 PM   #1064
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no? how does it look?
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Old June 3rd, 2005, 04:39 AM   #1065
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I don't have my camera with me then and dunno how to describe it well... but, the first feel... is boxy and looks comfy. The exit doors seemed to "squeak" a bit when closed... dunno why?
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Old June 3rd, 2005, 05:23 AM   #1066
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excited about new buses mar.. all the buses look so old and crappy. where does 147 go??? hougang?
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Old June 3rd, 2005, 10:05 AM   #1067
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I saw it near Stamford Court. Should be going to Hougang.
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Old June 7th, 2005, 08:38 AM   #1068
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Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit Circle Line
Possible Alstom Metropolis Train Design



The train ends seem to be identical to the Metropolis trains currently operating on the North East Line, the trains continue to be driverless and the train bodies remain generally black in colour. However, that appears to be where the similarities end.

Trains on this line will be powered by 750V with 3rd rail. There will also be an additional window at the sides of the trains (near the front and rear ends). These were all not found on the North East Line trains. Seems like these trains, contrary to popular belief, will not be identical after all.
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Old June 7th, 2005, 08:47 AM   #1069
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Copuright Alstom
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Old June 7th, 2005, 02:44 PM   #1070
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ooh this one will be largely black? stupid white face just make it black!
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Old June 7th, 2005, 02:46 PM   #1071
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how about a red face?
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Old June 7th, 2005, 05:37 PM   #1072
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ok! then it'll be like beijing opera masks!
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Old June 9th, 2005, 05:21 AM   #1073
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Red and black......aiyo....like guiness stout.....
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Old June 9th, 2005, 06:03 AM   #1074
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no.... look!





how nice for the trains to be a little cultural!
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Old June 9th, 2005, 06:07 AM   #1075
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Old June 9th, 2005, 06:51 AM   #1076
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June 6, 2005

Circle Line delay: Contractors seek $200m
Up to six firms in compensation talks with LTA after Nicoll Highway collapse

By Arthur Poon

THE Land Transport Authority (LTA) is facing claims amounting to at least $200 million from some contractors over the delay of the new Circle Line.

Last year's Nicoll Highway collapse has caused the opening of the MRT line to be pushed back by three years to 2010, and up to six contractors want to be compensated, said industry sources.

They include Alstom Transport, Deluge-Fire Protection (SEA), electrical services provider Cegelec as well as SembCorp Engineers and Constructors.

Their negotiations with LTA began last week.

However, when contacted, LTA would confirm only that some were seeking more money.

Said its spokesman on Friday: 'The programme for the construction of Circle Line has to be revised following the incident at Nicoll Highway last year and some of our contractors are seeking costs to cover the revised schedule.

'However, we are unable to provide more details at this point.'

The $1.4 billion Stage 1 of the Circle Line was initially scheduled to open by 2007. But construction came to a halt when a cave-in caused part of Nicoll Highway to collapse on April 20 last year. Four men were killed in the accident.

Major changes have since been introduced to improve safety during construction.

All four contractors interviewed declined to comment on their claims, citing a confidentiality clause in their contracts with LTA. But they acknowledged holding talks with LTA.

Said the spokesman for Alstom Transport: 'Discussions are ongoing, and it is too premature for us to comment further'.

Alstom, in consortium with Singapore Technologies Electronics, was awarded a $282 million contract to provide electrical and mechanical systems for the rail line.

One company, which spoke on condition of anonymity, said the LTA had asked contractors earlier this year to compute and submit their claims for costs arising from the delay.

'We were asked to do it in February,' said its official.

It was also told then that the project would be delayed by three years and five months.

The official added: 'In a delay, we have to be compensated for our management costs and the losses arising from any price differential in our building materials.'

An official at another company, who is familiar with the talks, said the claims would be assessed on a case-by-case basis. 'There is no fixed date to conclude the negotiations,' he added.

Both officials said the claims might reach up to 50 per cent of the value of their individual contracts.

Lawyers interviewed said that if the companies were 'directly employed' by the LTA, and if they were not liable in any way for the collapse, the situation is tilted in their favour.

Said property dispute lawyer Eric Ng Yuen: 'In such a situation, they have a good claim against LTA, assuming they did indeed suffer financial losses arising from work stoppage, storage of equipment and re-mobilisation of resources.'

But LTA would not have to foot the entire bill, he added, since main contractor Nishimatsu Construction has been held liable for the collapse by an inquiry panel. 'LTA's chances of passing on the cost burden are very high,' said Mr Ng. -- ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY GOH CHIN LIAN

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Old June 9th, 2005, 07:02 AM   #1077
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June 8, 2005
Serangoon MRT station sinks 1cm

SERANGOON MRT station sank by about 1cm in late February, after tunnelling work for the MRT Circle Line there ran into an unusually large amount of groundwater.

The 'slight' slump in the station's level meant trains had to slow down when entering and leaving the station, as a precaution against derailment.

Construction only resumed at the end of April.

The Land Transport Authority is building an MRT station at Serangoon Central to link the Circle Line to the existing North-East Line station. It told The Straits Times that excavation was stopped immediately to allow the contractor to stop water flowing through the excavated face of the tunnel. Water that had already entered the tunnel was pumped out.

The contractor is a joint venture formed by local builder Woh Hup, Chinese company Shanghai Tunnel Engineering and Austria-based Alpine Mayreder, which has carried out major tunnelling works in Europe.

The site was thoroughly investigated by the LTA's project team, the contractor and independent supervisors.

The LTA said the ground settlement was 'well within prediction and within the permissible levels set by the professional engineer and qualified persons'.

'There were no safety concerns.'

The LTA also denied that the drop in the station's level had caused tiles in Serangoon station to pop. It said granite tiles in an underground linkway beneath Serangoon Central, from the station to the ground level, were broken to investigate water seepage before construction started in August 2003.

Steel gratings have been placed over the tiles to let commuters use the linkway.

The LTA said that the tiles will be repaired. The Circle Line station is expected to be ready by 2008.

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Old June 13th, 2005, 04:48 AM   #1078
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June 13, 2005
More cabbies failing to pay rental
Rising numbers of cabs, fewer users mean many can't make ends meet

By Christopher Tan and Goh Chin Lian

ON THE back of ballooning fleets and falling passenger numbers, taxi companies are facing a worsening problem of cabbies with bad debts.

Six of the seven cab companies here have been hit and, based on official figures, The Straits Times estimates that operators now repossess 1,000 cabs a year because of non-payment of rental.

That is about 5 per cent of all taxis on the road now.

ComfortDelGro, the largest taxi operator here with about 17,000 cabs, used to repossess about 50 taxis a month because of non-payment. The number has risen to nearly 70 recently.

'It is very difficult,' said cabby C. K. Chan. 'I know of drivers who collect only about $120 to $150 a day in fares. They cannot cover costs.'

Taxi operators act like car rental companies, leasing vehicles to cabbies. The drivers pay a daily rental of about $90, on top of about $40 a day for diesel and other outlays on things like carparks and car washes.

Ms Tammy Tan, spokesman for transport group ComfortDelGro, said: 'From January to May this year, a monthly average of about 30 per cent of our hirers owe an average of five days.'

A five-day delay in rental payment from one-third of its hirers translates to about $2.3 million.

Mr Johnny Harjantho, managing director of newcomer Smart Automobile, has also observed a worrying trend.

'There are cabbies who genuinely cannot pay, but we are coming across people who are out to cheat. They come in on a Thursday, pay a deposit of $1,000 and take a cab. We bank the cheque on Friday. When we realise the cheque has bounced on Monday or Tuesday, he is gone.

'By the time we find him, he would have owed us 20 days of rental. Some of them will say: 'Go ahead, sue me'.'

Mr Harjantho estimates that half the hirers of his fleet of 460 cabs owe between one and 30 days of rental. The company is forced to repossess 'a few cars' each week.

Unable to cope, companies sometimes turn to debt collectors.

Ms Priscilla Low, an account manager at debt collector Lousintan, said the company handles more than 20 cases a month for several taxi companies. Debts range from 'a couple of hundred dollars to a couple of thousand'.

'We work out payment by instalments over six months to a year.

'We have a 70 per cent to 80 per cent success rate,' she said.

ComfortDelGro has its own credit controllers, but would still like to see an industry blacklist of drivers with bad payment records.

Premier Taxis general manager Lim Chong Boo said the company had to slow down fleet expansion plans this year, to weed out errant drivers and bring its debt situation under control.

Cabbies say the problem is there is just too much competition.

According to Land Transport Authority figures, there are more than 21,400 cabs on the road today, 45 per cent more than in 1994. At the same time, taxi ridership has fallen. An LTA study found taxi rides fell 12 per cent to 827,000 a day during the 12 months up to March last year.

Coupled with a 40 per cent hike in diesel prices over the last year, that means cabbies' earnings have fallen.

In addition, a cabby who cannot find a relief driver often has to drive two shifts to cover his costs.

Mr Chan said: 'I have seen many drivers sitting in coffee shops, in a daze because they are so tired.'

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Old June 14th, 2005, 07:41 AM   #1079
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14 June 2005

New MRT extension to serve integrated resort, financial centre at Marina

By Asha Popatlal, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : The government has given the green light for an MRT extension in the new downtown that will bring commuters straight to new developments like the integrated resort and the new financial centre at Marina Bay.

The 3.4-kilometre fully underground line will start at Millenia station of the Circle Line.

It will then go on to a station called Bayfront to serve the integrated resort and the second Botanical Gardens, which is linked by underground to the resort.

It will then move on to a third station called Landmark that will serve the new business and financial centre there, near 1 Raffles Quay.

The line will then serve Cross Street before ending up at China Town, an interchange station.

The five-station line will be run by SMRT.

It will cost $1.4 billion to construct and is expected to be completed by 2012. - CNA/de

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What took them so long for the approval? 2 months after IR is given the go ahead.

Here's the official press release:
http://app.lta.gov.sg/corp_press_content.asp?start=1268

Even indicates where ERL and BTL will end in the city.
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