Based on reader contributions this morning, SBS Transit's North East Line suffered a delay for some time around 7.15AM this morning. Commuters who attempted to board the trains during morning rush hour commute found themselves stuck in a growing crowd as the trains were stuck in an apparent standstill.
According to tweets by @SBSTransit_Ltd, a signalling fault was responsible for the delay. Free bus rides were offered to commuters between Punggol and Farrer Park stations.
By 7.54AM, NEL services were resumed, only to break down again between Punggol and Hougang MRT stations. Readers have reported that the congestion at the stations has eased slightly with the partial resumption of services and the free bus rides. Free buses are still available between Punggol and Farrer Park MRT stations.
SBS Transit has apologized numerous times for the delay on their twitter page.
A reader points out the hypocrisy of Vivian Balakrishnan's statement that "it is the height of national shame for the armed forces of any country to turn its arms against its own people."