20160902 Will CCL come to a complete standstill?

Commuters are furious with a constantly breaking down MRT system which has set a new record: train delays 4 days in a row. But this record will not stand for long because the system was not designed for the current population..Worse, it is increasing.

From 2010 to 2015, the population increased by an average of about 90,000 annually. This has forced the MRT system to run at max speed and frequency. Stress testing?

The PAP was forced to come up with the CCL in the 1990s because some wooden headed PM had taken the FT shortcut to ramp up the GDP. CCL is typical PAP firefighting aka long term planning. The CCL was not factored into our long term planning because our target population in 1991 was only 4 million somewhere around 2030 to 2040.

Further confirmation that the CCL was not designed to handle a 5.5 million population:
– The population in the mid 1990’s was only 3.5 million
– In 20 years, it has increased by 2 million or 57%.
– No sane country increases its population using such planning parameters.

Since PAP is clearly intent on increasing the population to 6.9 million and beyond, there will clearly be worse breakdowns on CCL akan datang.

Lee Kuan Yew had also confirmed the current population wasn’t within the planning parameters. In 2007, when Singapore’s population was 4.5 million, LKY said our optimal population was 5.5 million. But PM Lee didn’t give a hoot about what his dad had said and within 8 years, we hit 5.5 million.

PAP is clearly not bothered about train breakdowns which don’t affect the elites but it doesn’t have a choice. If it doesn’t continue to increase the population at this alarming rate, our GDP will fall off the cliff.

Despite our MRT system requiring an overhaul, PAP merely engages in propaganda and talk some more cock on MSM. But this seems to have worked wonders on 70% of commuters who supported screwing themselves with a broken system.

CCL may just come to a complete standstill one day. The writing has been on the wall for years.

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2 Responses to 20160902 Will CCL come to a complete standstill?

  1. sinkie says:

    CCL wasn’t meant to be a full-fledged MRT. CCL’s trains are smaller, shorter than the main MRT lines (EWL, NSL, NEL). CCL was designed to merely allow quick transfers of moderate amount of people between EWL, NSL and NEL.

    But due to the legs=open policy, by the time CCL was completed, PAP had no choice but to tout CCL as another main MRT line. But still using the smaller train system. It soon became apparent after just 12 months into operation that CCL couldn’t accommodate the daily peak hours traffic.

    Even when CCL had no breakdowns or slowdowns, commuters had to battle situations like the below links on a daily basis. I don’t see any fucking minister or superscale civil servant in the crowds.

    http://www.mycarforum.com/topic/2695220-helsinkis-plan-to-make-car-ownership-pointless/

    • Phillip Ang says:

      🙂
      Many Singaporeans still not aware that PAP is allowed to “do first, think later” because it’s not accountable to anyone. Most of the projects were all unplanned, including the 120,000 HDB units constructed during the last 4 years.
      After constructing new HDB towns, they get feedback on traffic jams and start to widen roads. After widening roads they get feedback on bottlenecks. In trying to resolve the bottleneck issue, another problem is created. This is our highest-paid jiak lioa bee planners.
      But where to find skilled labour in the first place? Never mind the low quality flats because elites don’t live in them just like MRT breakdowns don’t affect them. Some of the housing defects may surface many years later but money already in the pocket. Buyers’ problem.
      The issues faced by CCL is all self created, similar to constructing last minute public housing.
      What’s going to happen to the MRT system no one knows. We also don’t really know if disgruntled SMRT foreign employees/contractors who already balik kampong did a proper job. Sabotage cannot be ruled out and this is the scary part.

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