Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong found the time in his busy schedule to visit Bishan Depot for the first time. The Prime Minister was accompanied by his wife, Madam Ho Ching, as well as Minister for Transport Lui Tuck Yew and NTUC Secretary-General Chan Chun Sing.
He also observed how the Track Tamping Vehicle, Rail Grinding Vehicle and the Multi-Function Vehicle all play a part in rail maintenance.
Prime Minister Lee was also shown the different refurbishments that SMRT has done on the trains, such as the new signalling system, the Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (a quieter and more energy efficient motor), and the Linear Variable Displacement Transducer, a sensor which checks the alignment of the third rail which supplies power to trains.
The night visit ended with a rousing dialogue session where staff took the opportunity to speak to PM Lee personally.
Just before he left Bishan Depot, PM Lee expressed his gratitude to the staff present for their hard work on keeping the rail system working well. He also posted this message on his Facebook the following day,