A “track circuit fault” caused platforms D and E at Jurong East MRT station to be unexpectedly closed during evening peak hours today, inconveniencing countless commuters.
Besides the platforms closure, all the escalators were inexplicably moving in a single direction, downwards, causing even heavier congestion in the station.
A 28-year-old pregnant woman, Ms Zarina, told reporters that she was forced to climb the stairs as other commuters in the crowded station were “pushing (her) off the lift.”
SMRT staff were seen redirecting crowds after from the closed platforms that had been cordoned off as commuters hoping to travel along the North-South and East-West MRT lines during the busy peak hours experienced travel time delays.
SMRT vice president of corporate communications, Mr Patrick Nathan, later confirmed to reporters: “Only one platform was available for commuters on the North-South Line. While there were no delays to train arrival timings, commuters experienced congestion on the platform.”
He added that station announcements were made to keep commuters informed.
there's no news about platform D at jurong east being closed?? why is everyone being redirected to platform A
— em ? (@emawrite) December 7, 2017
Keeping commuters abreast of travel time delays due to service faults would have helped commuters make alternative travel arrangements or at least help them plan their trips better.
holy shit jurong east early platform closure thank god i left class early pic.twitter.com/izMbYeoBPl
— ANNA ´͈ ᵕ `͈ 정호시 (@jeonghoshi) December 7, 2017