Commuters drenched at Yishun MRT platform complain – “Build Shelter that Cannot Shelter for What?”


Peak-hour commuters waiting to board trains at Yishun MRT platform were drenched on Tuesday evening as strong winds blew heavy rains onto commuters, drenching them.

While there is a shelter that is supposed to keep the rain away from commuters at the station platform, the shelter only extends up to the doors of the trains, if there is a train waiting at the platform. If there is no train at the platform, commuters at the platform do not have adequate shield from such heavy rain that was blowing towards them.

The weather was so bad around 5pm on Tuesday that even when trains were at the platform, the small gap between the roof of the trains and the shelter allowed heavy winds to blow rain directly onto commuters attempting to board. Rain also drenched commuters after it was deflected off the top of trains that stopped at the platform.

Many commuters understandably did not expect to get drenched. Some tried using umbrellas to shield themselves but even that proved ineffective and they, too, ended up soaked.

Commuters shared their frustrations with the Chinese daily. One commuter, Ng Hao Yi said, “Like that, build shelter that cannot shelter for what?” while another commuter, Sharon Sim, suggested: “It’s an old station. Maybe the LTA should relook the design of the station and make improvements where necessary.”

Heavy rains also pelted several other parts of the island on Tuesday. Flash floods struck the Seletar region while residents at Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Seletar and Sengkang reported being hit by rare hailstones.

More unusual weather hit the East yesterday as East Coast Park visitors were seen and heard screaming and ducking for cover as heavy winds in the area this evening caused boats at the National Sailing Centre and trash cans around the park flying towards them.

East Coast Park visitors scream and duck for cover as heavy winds send boats and trash cans flying



  1. c’mon be fair la. the shelter works most of the time. you want a shelter that can work in ALL circumstances you need to enclose the whole station. then you need to air con the place. be reasonable can? this would be a classic example of everything-also-complain.

  2. Same design problem with our bus shelters. The gap between the shelter roof and where the bus actually stops is sufficient to give a few seconds of drenching. Look at the newly built covered linkway in front of AMK hub along ave 3. A long stretch of covered linkway but only linked with shelter to town centre and AMK hub at one point – at the overhead bridge in front of AMK hub. To link at other points require coordination amongst Govt depts but that’s too much to expect from pap.

  3. Remember when mrt 1st started? All above ground stations didn’t even have protective barriers/doors like we did now. When it poured we didn’t complain. Maybe the independent sg writer was too young to remember. Play fair don’t always knock. I’m not a smrt fan but do be fair. If you have a solution then put it forward. Don’t just sensanalise something that they have no control over like heavy rain with a strong wind factor

  4. Can see many of you thinking this is just mindless whining and complaining. Wasn’t there Yishun station so I cannot judge.
    But to be honest, I have seen and experienced many of the newly constructed so- called shelters, ranging from shelters to carparks, childcare centres, schools, markets and even shopping malls that are truly poorly designed. They do not provide the shelter they are supposedly built for.
    These architecture surely costs taxpayers money and it all seems like a waste of good dough.
    And before you comment that I should put forward my own design if I am not happy with these current ones, I’d say you are seriously irrational and not worth responding to.