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SMRT train delayed again this morning due to ‘congestion ahead’

Posted by temasektimes on April 11, 2012

Train delays are becoming the NORM in Singapore nowadays that train operators are having a hard time coming up with good excuses to explain to the public.

Commuters are amused by the latest announcement by SMRT over its PA system this morning:

“Trains will be delayed entering and leaving platforms due to congestion ahead.”

However, the latest delay appeared to be ‘mild’ compared to previous ones. According to netizens, the trains were delayed for ‘only about 5 to 10 minutes.

Some responses on Hardwarezone:

“Already heading Bouna Vista… Seems ok except slight delays at Bugis, City Hall and Raffles Place… “ – lonelysolo

“earlier west bound trains were in 4-5 mins interval instead of the usual 2-3 minutes interval. congestion? nice~!” – xavier0510

“Stuck at dobby ghaut for few mins le..” – JinGx

“rains delay from moving off is not the only problem. Overcrowding on the platform is worse. Reached Clementi at 8.15am, only got on the train at about 8.50am. When i left, the people queue was reaching the other side of the platform door (towards Jurong east)” – blimey

Singaporeans should be prepared for more such ‘minor’ delays in the future as they are ‘unavoidable’ since they last only less than 30 minutes, according to Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew who said in Parliament recently:

“We will try and minimise as much as possible the major disruptions and to keep them in check. But I think it is unavoidable that a system that is as heavily utilised as ours is today will not face any disruptions. Every day there are about 2.7 million passenger trips. We are running thousands of train trips for more than 18 hours a day. And I dare say that there is no way you can prevent disruptions from occurring.”

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2 Responses to “SMRT train delayed again this morning due to ‘congestion ahead’”

  1. Ray said

    Does HK and Taiwan have less people than us? Do they have as many train breakdowns as us?
    Why the Transport ministers in HK and TW didn’t say its impossible to have no disruptions?
    They are paid less than you, Tuck Yew.
    But they can perform better, cheaper, faster than you.
    Why are we hiring you instead?
    time to move aside so that we can hire FT minister.

  2. Ken Lee said

    WORLD CLASS BREAKDOWN TRANSPORT IS LIKE THAT ONE! MALAYSIA CAN, SINGAPORE EVEN MORE CAN!

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