Singapore’s public transport operator just scored a treble this week: train breakdowns on Tuesday (Mar 15), Friday (Mar 18) and Saturday (Mar 19).
SMRT just announced an hour ago on Twitter that there was no train service between Kent Ridge and Harbourfront stations along the Circle Line due to a signal fault. And again, SMRT under-reported the train delay by as much as 30 minutes when it announced that there will only be a 15 minutes delay.
The first breakdown on Circle line which happened on Tuesday was covered up by SMRT but Singaporeans take to Twitter and Facebook to post photos of overcrowded stations and accounts of their experience waiting over half an hour for a train arrival. The second breakdown on the East-West Line during the Friday morning peak hours lasted 4 hours affecting about 200,000 commuters. Frustrations compounded with inaccurate updates and under-reported delay timing.
Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has been silenced on the increasing frequency of train breakdowns. Minister Khaw no longer update his transport blog and the last post was dated more than a month ago. There is no comment from the Transport Ministry.