Install fans on MRT platforms

SMRT should install fans at all above-ground MRT station platforms, with LTA co-funding if necessary.

I hope SMRT will seriously consider installing electric fans on all above-ground MRT station platforms. I have written twice to SMRT over the past two years to make this request. Both times I received the same reply: Platforms have sufficient natural breeze and there is no need for fans.

Most of my fellow commuters will attest that this is not always the case. Some above-ground MRT stations are sandwiched between blocks of flats or shopping malls, leaving little chance for much breeze. With the introduction of the new platform safety screens which are made of solid plexiglass, commuters will now have to endure stuffy platforms that are often overcrowded with people.

One of the bugbears of taking public transport in Singapore is getting all sweaty and sticky en route to one’s destination. After walking from one’s flat to the MRT station under the tropical sun, we often end up waiting on wind-less platforms, getting our clothes drenched with sweat. While there’s nothing we can do about Singapore’s weather, I believe it is possible to cool down the waiting areas on the MRT stations with the installation of fans, in order to provide a more pleasant overall commuting experience.

If cost is an issue for SMRT, I would like to suggest that LTA (Land Transport Authority) co-fund the installation of these fans. If the Government is serious about getting Singaporeans to switch to using public transport, this is a small investment in that could reap surprisingly good returns in the form of increased ridership and improved commuter satisfaction.

(This is the original letter that was sent to TODAY newspaper. It was published on 9 September 2009.)

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam was a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) from 2011-2015. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.

6 thoughts on “Install fans on MRT platforms”

  1. Perhaps they spent all their money on those LCD panels and don’t have anything left for frivolities like fans?

  2. Actually, I don’t encounter stuffy MRT station before. Maybe the station I frequent aren’t surrounded by flats.

    Perhaps you might want to list down the station that you think is stuffy. I think they might agree to install fan on selected station rather than all above ground station. :)

  3. I fully support the idea and would also strongly urge the MRTC to either instal ceiling fans or increase the power of the air-con system.

    Whenever the train is too crowded, those sitting at the corners really feel the heat and suffocation. There is so lttle fresh air that an unhealthy person may be fainted if he stays inside for too long. Travelling in MRT during peak hours is suffering!

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