MRT service between Dhoby Ghaut and HarbourFront stations breaks down again, leaving commuters stranded
Posted by temasektimes on March 15, 2012
A day after train services along the North-South line were ‘delayed’ for ‘safety’ reasons, train service along the North East Line between Dhoby Ghaut and HarbourFront stations broke down due to a ‘power supply problem’ in the tunnel at Outram Park Station.
A statement from SBS Transit on Thursday said it is estimated that service at the affected stretch will not be available for about six hours, prompting stranded netizens to vent their vibes in cyberspace.
SBS Transit added that free bus services will be provided at designated bus stops at the affected stations. The free shuttle bus service has also been activated.
It added that one of the connecting cables at Outram Park station on North east Line had ‘snapped’ and 25 engineers are now trying to resolve the problem.
According to those stranded at the affected stations and trains, they were late for work because a journey which usually takes 10 minutes now takes more than one hour as a result of the technical glitch.
Some responses from netizens on Facebook:
“Well at about 7 plus the shuttle buses were still rather efficient. Not sure how the situation will be once the peak hour crowd comes.” – Fong Chin Teck
“I was affected, but there were announcements inside the train and at every station about shuttle bus services. Seems better managed.” – Ryan Ang
“Nowadays Singaporeans dun really scare about terrorism, only scare about whether they will be stuck in another train breakdown!! How to not own a car like this??” – Ng Kah Sing
“Dhoby ghaut to vivo took 1 hour and 15mins. Do I need to explain more?” – Ian Wong