Thursday, December 15, 2011

smrt breakdown singapore

smrt breakdown singapore: More outrage at yet another SMRT train breakdown. Train disruption hits commuters on North-South line,Singapore News. A second MRT disruption in two days affected thousands of evening peak-hour commuters.

Train services on both directions of the North-South Line from Marina Bay to Braddell stations were disrupted on Thursday evening.

Emergency services were spotted outside MRT stations, and peak-hour traffic on the roads was also affected.

According to an SMRT statement, preliminary investigation shows that around 40 metres of the power rail has been damaged between City Hall and Dhoby Ghaut stations.

"SMRT staff are now on site attending to the fault. We will work round the clock to repair the damage and hope to get the north-bound train service for this stretch up by tomorrow morning," says SMRT.

Passengers affected by the breakdown described scenes of confusion, as they tried to make sense of the situation. Some even used a fire extinguisher to break the windows of a train stuck underground due to lack of ventilation.

Channel NewsAsia viewer Nizam Rahim sent in a picture of his wife walking on the track in the tunnel at the Dhoby Ghaut station.

One commuter, Adam, said he and hundreds of passengers were stuck on the train travelling from Somerset to Orchard. He said the electricity appeared to have been cut off, as the train was in total darkness. Neither did the air-conditioner seem to be working.
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