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S’pore experiments with 28-hour days to give SMRT more time each day to maintain tracks

Posted on 29 March 2016

This is to address the problem of lack of downtime for maintenance.


In a bid to ensure 70 percent of Singaporeans from all walks of life get the Singapore they deserve, Singapore is implementing 28-hour days in place of regular 24-hour ones.

This after the government vowed to give SMRT sufficient time to maintain its tracks, by making full use of the strong mandate given by the people.

The Singapore government discovered that by adding four additional hours a day to the traditional globally-recognised 24-hour cycle, it is much easier than expecting SMRT to fix its tracks on time over a few hours overnight.

One government spokesperson, Gan Shi Jian, said: “If we cannot fix the track, we might as well fix time itself.”

“This way, SMRT will be able to tackle the problem at its root, which is really, a lack of time.”

“And by having 28-hour days, we are also effectively extending the time before the next General Election in 2020 arrives.”

Singaporeans who heard of this plan said they are supportive of it.

One local, Bao Fo Jiao, said: “Not doing much to maintain the tracks the past 20 years and trying to do everything now feels a lot like last minute grab Buddha leg.”






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