Public outcry over massive train delay along Northeast Line this morning
Posted by temasektimes on August 17, 2012
SBS Transit initially claimed that ”additional travelling times of about 20 minutes in both directions may be expected.”, but it turns out that most commuters were delayed by more 30 minutes, causing many to turn up late for school or work.
Some ‘feedback’ from commuters on Facebook:
“I was at punggol station at 0740,the announcement said delayed for 10-15min,the train came at 0805,n every station stop at least 10min,so do the maths,how long the delay,from punggol to harbourfront.” – Mohammad Faizul
“World class transport! Train stops at every station for 10 to 15 mins …. 30 minute train ride to harbourfront takes 75 mins! All hail our transport minister wayang all the way!” – Claire Lee
“I was late. Nonsense! They keep announcing ten to fifteen mins delayed. But it’s not!!! Every stop they waited for like ten mins. Then every train was packed like sardine!!! Waited for more then 4 trains before can board! Wth! We pay taxes to get this type of lousy train service. Hallo… Those up there sitting comfortably in ur office pls wake up!!! Pls do something to stop this type of things from happening too frequently!!! Thank u!!!!” – Kyris Koh
In a brief statement issued to the press, SBS Transit said a ‘power fault’ was responsible for the delay and apologized for the inconvenience caused.
Train delays have become a common occurrence in Singapore as the infrastructure strains to accommodate the increase in population caused by the relentless influx of foreigners.