Long queues and crowds at MRT stations along East-West Line due to 'train fault'

Long queues and crowds at MRT stations along East-West Line due to 'train fault'

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Crowds form at Simei MRT station. (Photo: Twitter@SarahVE)

SINGAPORE: Huge crowds and long queues formed at some MRT stations along the East-West Line (EWL) on Tuesday (Sep 19) during the morning rush hour.

Announcements at the stations, according to commuters, said there was a train fault that caused delays from Tanah Merah to Pasir Ris.

Commuters started posting on Twitter about a fault along the line around 7.40am.

A commuter who waited for the train for 30 minutes at Simei station told Channel NewsAsia he heard an announcement at about 8.30am that there would be no westbound trains.

Simei MRT station
Commuters are seen waiting at the platform at Simei MRT. (Photo: Gene)

There were many trains going towards Pasir Ris, but none coming from the other direction, he said.

Netizens took to social media to report crowds and long queues at Bedok, Tampines, Pasir Ris and Simei stations.

As of 9.05am, SMRT had not posted any updates on its Twitter account. When Channel NewsAsia reached out on Tuesday, SMRT declined to comment on the incident.

SMRT's train services have been plagued by delays and disruptions in recent months. Last month, for instance, train services on the EWL were delayed over more than four hours due to a track fault.

The train operator warned in July that the updating and testing of a new signalling system would take between four and six months to stabilise.

Source: CNA/mz