SINGAPORE: Commuters along the North-South train line were told to expect up to 20 minutes’ additional travelling time in either direction during rush hour on Thursday (Jun 1) due to signalling checks, transport operator SMRT said.
In an announcement on Twitter on Thursday evening, SMRT said this affects all stations along the line – from Jurong East to Marina South Pier – in both directions.
The transport operator later added that free bus services were available between Jurong East and Choa Chu Kang stations, as well as City Hall and Ang Mo Kio stations.
Commuter Christopher Chai told Channel NewsAsia that a train was stuck at Novena station for at least 15 minutes.
Another commuter, Priscilla Low, told Channel NewsAsia that Bishan MRT station was extremely crowded at about 6.40pm, as she tried to reach the platform. “But the crowd dispersed and the queue was cut short after the free bus service was announced,” she said.
Commuters took to social media to express their frustration, with some saying they had waited 30 minutes for their train to move.