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Signal-related fault causes delays, large morning peak crowds at Circle Line MRT stations

SINGAPORE — Large crowds were seen at MRT stations along the Circle Line during morning peak hour on Tuesday (May 10) after a signal-related fault affected train movements between Holland Village and Haw Par Villa stations.

The scene captured by a social media user of Bishan MRT Station along the Circle Line, which intersects with the North-South Line, on the morning of May 10, 2022.

The scene captured by a social media user of Bishan MRT Station along the Circle Line, which intersects with the North-South Line, on the morning of May 10, 2022.

SINGAPORE — Large crowds were seen at MRT stations along the Circle Line during morning peak hour on Tuesday (May 10) after a signal-related fault affected train movements between Holland Village and Haw Par Villa stations.

Rail operator SMRT said in a statement on the day: “The fault was rectified within five minutes and train service continued to be available." 

It added that the fault caused longer waiting times of between five and 10 minutes at some stations as the crowds cleared.

Videos circulating online showed large crowds at Serangoon MRT Station, a stop along the Circle Line that intersects with the North East Line, with commuters forming long queues to board the trains.

In one of the videos, security staff members are seen holding commuters back at the escalators leading down to the platform, because the platform was already filled with commuters queuing to enter the trains.

Other stations along the Circle Line were likewise affected by the fault, with commuters posting online about Bishan station being very crowded as well.

“We are sorry to have affected commuters’ peak-hour journeys,” SMRT said.

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