SMRT train stalled at Clement MRT station last evening due to ‘train fault’
Posted by temasektimes on April 17, 2012
Less than 12 hours after SMRT trains were delayed along both the East-West and North-South line due to a combination of ‘train fault’ and ‘platform door fault’, a SMRT train was stalled at Clementi MRT station on Monday evening due to ‘train fault’.
According to angry commuters, they were told to alight abruptly at Clementi MRT station after which they have to wait for 20 minutes or more to board the next train heading west towards Joo Koon station.
Clementi MRT station was reportedly crowded with commuters heard cursing and swearing loudly at MRT for the latest disruption in train service again.
Jasmin Ho posted her experience on Facebook
“I kena chased out at clementi, waited 3 trains before boarding again. Train came every min but it’s alrdy full to the door, so what’s the point???”
Lester Loh added:
“I got off at Clementi to take some pictures. Noticed that the MRT going towards Joo Koon was stalled at the station for quite some time. It was around 6-ish if I remember. The previous few trains were packed full; some couldn’t get in at all.”
Despite the inconvenience caused to commuters, the latest disruption is considered minor and therefore ‘unavoidable’ as according to Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew who said in Parliament earlier:
“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.”