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Security screening of commuters at Bugis MRT station on June 6 as part of exercise

Commuters at Bugis MRT station may be asked to walk through a metal detector and have their belongings scanned by X-ray machines on June 6.

A public transport emergency preparedness exercise will be carried out between 10am and 4pm, as part of efforts to boost security in public places.

During the exercise, commuters should factor in additional travelling time for the security screenings, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and public transport operators SBS Transit and SMRT said on Tuesday (May 31).

Those with bulky items may require more time for the checks.

The exercise, titled Exercise Station Guard, is part of the national SGSecure movement to strengthen security in public places and build community resilience.

It also raises public awareness of the security threats Singapore faces, while familiarising commuters with what they should do during an emergency.

Other public education efforts by LTA include the ongoing See Something, Say Something campaign, which encourages commuters to report suspicious activities they may come across in the public transport network.

The exercise has been conducted regularly since February 2018 to validate security measures, contingency plans and operational readiness at public transport nodes during heightened security situations.

Similar exercises have been conducted at MRT stations in Ang Mo Kio, Newton, Holland Village, Hougang, Jurong East and HarbourFront.