A signal fault that resulted in a disruption of train services between Pasir Panjang and HarbourFront on Tuesday morning (Mar 3) was cleared in about half an hour, but the delay, compounded with morning commuter crowds, saw larger-than-usual crowds at other train stations along the Circle Line.
Serangoon MRT Station was so crowded that commuters were temporarily barred from taking the escalator down to the platform to ease congestion.
A Facebook user, Sally Goh, said the disruption started around 7.30am, when she boarded the train at HarborFront MRT station. The train abruptly stopped, and some of the lights in the carriage went off for about 10 minutes, she said.
SMRT first issued an alert on Twitter at 7.51am, stating that a signal fault meant no trains were running between Labrador Park and HarbourFront. This was later extended to Pasir Panjang at 7.58am, with free public and shuttle buses made available at affected stations.
The transport operator gave the all-clear at 8.24am when it tweeted: "CLEARED: Train services between Pasir Panjang and HarbourFront are now running normally. Free bus services have ceased."