Netizens awoke to yet another MRT train delay this morning, with accidents and road breakdowns across the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) and the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) bringing vehicular traffic to a crawl.
For the past 3 weeks, Singapore’s transport system has been plagued by a never ending series of breakdowns and delays. Problems first appeared after the commencement of Hari Raya Puasa festivities, with major delays along the older North South and East West MRT lines during morning and evening rush hours.
Following that initial incident, train delays have been a nearly daily occurrence. This marks the longest and worst extended period of delays in Singapore transport history.
To date, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has issued no statements or apologies regarding the 3 week long service disruptions. That job was left to the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SMRT, which apologized for the delays in a statement to the media: “The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SMRT, together with signalling system manufacturer Thales, are working round-the-clock to resolve the issues the tests have surfaced.”
Free shuttle buses will be arranged for commuters stuck in the jams, the statement added before concluding that commuters should expect further delays in the coming weeks.
Ironically, commuters who sought to avoid the train delays were hit by a double jeopardy this morning, with accidents and vehicle breakdowns slowing traffic along the busy BKE and PIE expressways.
As one netizen tweeted, “The train broke down, so I decided to take a cab to work. There’s a major jam in the highway due to an accident. I’m late for work.”