Despite being commissioned less than 5 months, the newest S$20.7 billion Downtown Line broke down this morning (Mar 1) during the peak hour period. Operator SBS Transit gave several inaccurate announcements saying that the delay caused by a signalling fault will only add 15 minutes. All DTL stations, stretching from the East to West, between Expo and Bukit Panjang were affected. The train service continued to be disrupted from 6.51am and still down as of press time 8am.
Free bus services are only available between Bugis and Chinatown, while nothing is provided for all other affected stations.
Passengers reported on Twitter that the delay is more than 15 minutes, with many already reporting more than 30 minutes of delay and that the trains stop for 10 minutes at each station.