LRT stalls during morning rush hour, leaving commuters stranded

LRT stalls during morning rush hour, leaving commuters stranded

BPLRT disruption on Jan 6, 2020
A photo circulating on social media showed emergency responders at the scene. (Photo: Facebook / Mary Lee)

SINGAPORE: Some commuters on the Bukit Panjang LRT were left stranded after their train stalled during morning rush hour on Monday (Jan 6).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call for assistance at about 7.40am from a member of the public over a stalled LRT train.

The train was stuck between Bangkit and Fajar stations.

When SCDF officers arrived, the passengers were being transferred onto another train by SMRT staff and taken to Fajar station, said SCDF, adding that their assistance was not required.

The train fault occurred at about 7.30am the between Fajar and Bangkit stations on the Bukit Panjang LRT line’s Service A, said Ms Margaret Teo, chief communications officer of SMRT Corporation, in response to CNA's queries.

"Our engineers were immediately deployed on-site to facilitate service recovery," she said, adding that station and in-train announcements were made to inform commuters. 

"Train services were available on Service B at all stations."

Afterwards, the faulty train was withdrawn to the depot for checks.

"We are sorry to have affected Bukit Panjang residents’ morning commute," Ms Teo said.

Members of the public took to social media to complain about the disruption.

According to Facebook user Eileen Khor, no announcement was made about the delay, and her train stopped at Phoenix station for 15 minutes.

Also posting on the Facebook group TATA SMRT, user Sin Mei said the train she was on stopped at South View for a quarter of an hour.

Another Facebook user Victor Lim subsequently posted on the group at about 9am that service had appeared to resume on the line.

A photo circulating on social media showed a stationary train on the tracks, with emergency responders at the scene.

At least one ambulance and one fire engine were seen.

Source: CNA/nc(aj)/nh(hm)

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