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Commuters struggle to stand on their feet as MRT trains test run high speed mode

Posted on 02 March 2014

Yio Chu Kang to Khatib in 40 seconds.

The train was packed when it left the station. The other commuters have slid behind the camera as two men valiantly try to hold their ground when speeds exceeded 400km/hr.

The train was packed when it left the station. The other commuters have slid behind the camera as two men valiantly try to hold their ground when speeds exceeded 400km/hr.

Commuters were seen falling over themselves as MRT trains underwent high speed trial runs in a bid to up service standards and keep Singaporeans moving, more quickly.

On one of the longest stretches in Singapore between Yio Chu Kang and Khatib station, the duration of travel was reduced to 40 seconds, when it conventionally took up to 5 minutes or more, as top speeds of up to 400km/hr was met on the track.

Commuters were seen slipping and sliding inside the MRT carriage, forcing many to lay prone on the floor.

When the MRT train breached the 320km/hr mark, some commuters were already seen relieving all over themselves.

One commuter, See Baey Kin, said: “I think it is generally quite safe, as long as you lower your centre of gravity.”

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