I was returning home after work as usual at Yishun MRT at around 7PM. I reach the platform and saw both the north and south bound trains at the platform. The doors were open and only have 50% of the lighting. I board the north bound train thinking that there is no issue with the train.
It is actually the start of the major MRT breakdown of 2015. The train captain update that the power track had some issue and the engineers were rectifying the issue. He keep repeating the announcements periodically to update the passengers.
Cabin lights are only 50% switch on.
Communters rushing out of the stations to catch the free bus.
No free bus bridging available yet and communters choose to take whatever services is available to their next destination.
This is the first time that all the North South and East West LInes are down at the same time.
I manage to catch service 169 to Woodlands and then changing to 964 to reach my final destination at Admiralty MRT. It was a 1.5 hours journey with so much communters catching bus back home for dinner. Many of our muslim friends also need to break fast outside instead of at home with their family.
SMRT announce on July 08 that they wanted to stop the train services between 1100hrs to 1600hrs on North South Line as they have not identified the root cause. The time table for the affected lines are as listed below.
But they never took the intended action and announced that train services will continue as normal.
The below is a timeline of the biggest SMRT breakdown in 2015.