downtown line

DOWNTOWN LINE DOOR FAULT WAS THE THIRD IN SEVEN MONTHS

One of the doors is still currently inoperable. The disruption affected about 10,000 commuters between the start of service of the trains and lunch hour. The MOE is also checking whether any students were affected by the disruption and as a result, were late for their exams.

Apparently, this was not the first time the doors malfunctioned. Wednesday's malfunction was the third door-related fault on the Downtown Line in the past seven months.Being the newest MRT line that was opened not more than two years ago, this is indeed worrying. Why has it taken only a short time for things in the relatively brand new stations to malfunction? Poor quality workmanship, or poor quality materials?

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TRAIN SERVICE DISRUPTED ON DOWNTOWN LINE, NO SERVICE AT BOTANIC GARDENS STATION

Prominent humanitarian activist Mr Gilbert Goh shared on the facebook that something was wrong with the train service on the Downtown Line. He said that there were not any more train headed towards Chinatown from Botanic Gardens station and felt weird that while two technicians were toiling away, ten other SMRT staff were watching and standing over them.

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DOWNTOWN LINE DELAY IN MORNING RUSH HOUR AGAIN

The Downtown Line suffered a signalling fault early this morning, with the SBS Transit informing passengers that they should expect an extra 10 mins journey between Bukit Panjang and Chinatown stations.

However, most commuters reported that they actually had to spend 10 mins stationary at each station, and the problem had occurred much earlier than the announcement made by SBS Transit. So, omce again, a breakdown during morning peak hours. And the problems and issues faced by commuters were not fully properly addressed and broadcasted. If passengers were were delayed by 10 mins at each stop, how could there be only a 10 mins delay between the two stations mentioned?

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NEW EXTENSION OF DOWNTOWN LINE TO BE RIGOROUSLY TESTED BEFORE OPENING, BREAKDOWNS UNACCEPTABLE

With this extensive testing, and with the line expected to fully open by the end of the year, let's hope this line does not suffer the same amount of breakdown as its predecessors on the other lines.

For a new MRT line, it does not make sense for it to suffer breakdowns so soon after the opening. If it does, then it hints at a poorly planned and built system, and authorities will be hard pressed to explain this off as an old line that needs repairs after years of use. This is a brand new MRT line, breakdowns should not be an issue.

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NO EXPLANATION GIVEN WHY MRT STOPPED SUDDENLY AND CAUSED INJURY

Travelling towards Little India station, the moving train emergency braked. A lot of passengers fell down including me. When I said fell down, I mean FLAT on the ground. Imagine the impact of the e-brakes.

No aftermath announcements, no explanations, no offer to first aid to those who fell. And Downtown line trains have CCTV, so the officers know what's happening. Feedback to Bugis station passenger office, a Singaporean Chinese male officer. He said he knows the e-brake was applied due to the train in front was slowing down. He claimed the system did not allow announcements to be made. He brushed me off by saying the emergency brakes have to be applied, better than having a collusion. If the train in front is already slowing down, why shouldn't our train slow down sooner but have to apply e-brakes? Are we waiting for a disaster to happen before our concerns should be addressed?

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DTL DISRUPTION, SBS TRANSIT CLDN'T BE BOTHERED TO INFORM COMMUTERS ABT ACTUAL TIME REQ FOR TRAVELLING

Yesterday, there was a disruption on the Downtown Line (DTL). Since I was already stuck on the train, I checked SBS' twitter account.

They said that there was a "signalling fault" and commuters should add an additional travel time of about 10 minutes. Common sense means if I normally reach my destination in 20 mins, means I will reach in 30 mins instead right? WRONG!! When SBS Transit said 10 minutes delay, they actually mean 10 mins delay at EACH FRIGGIN' station.

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DOWNTOWN LINE PLATFORM DOOR "BREAKS OFF", TRAIN SERVICE SUSPENDED, PSLE STUDENTS FLUSTERED

This morning (4 October 2016) on the Downtown line, a platform door at Sixth Avenue MRT station broke off and as a result, the platform doors were unable to close causing hazard to commuters. The rail operator SBS suspended train service between Sixth Avenue station and King Albert Park station and provided free bus bridging service for commuters.

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