Three ‘minor’ disruptions in a day – Singapore’s public rail system sets new ‘First World’ record
Posted by temasektimes on May 1, 2012
In the morning, trains along the East-West line were delayed due to a combination of ‘bad weather condition’ and ‘train fault.’ At around 1.30pm, trains along the North East Line were delayed for about 10 minutes as a result of ‘signaling fault’.
Just when commuters thought their nightmare has ended, trains along the North-South Line were ‘moving slower’ again according to this announcement by SMRT over its PA system:
“North-bound train service from Woodlands towards Jurong is moving slower due to train fault.”
One irate commuter Solomon Teo posted his unpleasant trip on Facebook:
The light and aircon were on, the train wasn’t crowded(because it was around 5pm. Non peak hour). The whole trip took me 1hr 1min, normally it takes around 45mins.”
The latest spate of train delays and disruptions are not reported by the state media which has swept it under the carpet as if nothing as happened.
There are no immediate comments from both train operators SMRT and SBS Transit on the screw-ups which has led to increasing calls from Singaporeans to nationalize the public railway system before a real disaster happens.