Tens of thousands of commuters were frustrated by major train disruptions during the evening peak hours yesterday (28 Jun). Both the North-South and East-West lines were affected.
SMRT and LTA blamed the disruptions on a fault in the new signalling system.
Many commuters were calling cab and private-hire car services to get home. As a result, Grab’s and Uber’s fares jumped to as high as more than $40 per trip due to the high demand.
The train disruptions continued till today (29 Jun) apparently. This morning, commuters once again vented their frustrations on social media about the train delays along the North-South line at around 8am.
One said, “A tiny island but about an hour journey to town is such a joke.”
Another said, “Woke up early and still ended up late for work. SO DONE WITH SMRT!”
“Train keeps stopping. Haizz smrt, I miss the times when the trains ran smoothly and I’m not packed like a sardine even during peak hours”, added another.
SMRT LG Desmond Kuek receives more than $1.8 million salary
Meanwhile according to the latest annual report from SMRT, its CEO LG Desmond Kuek, the former Chief of Defence Force of SAF, continues to receive his multi-million dollar salaries. Last year, he was rewarded with a salary of S$1,871,714 and shares.