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Downtime at Downtown Line 1 opening

ALL ABOARD: Commuters in a train on the 4.3km Downtown Line 1, which comprises six stations, yesterday, the first day of operation.


    Dec 23, 2013

    Downtime at Downtown Line 1 opening

    A TRAIN fault was the only hiccup on the Downtown Line 1's opening day yesterday, as services were disrupted for 15 minutes.

    The problem took place around noon at Bayfront Station and delayed services between Bugis and Chinatown.

    Ms Tammy Tan, spokesman for operator SBS Transit, said it was quickly resolved and full service resumed not long after.

    About 9,000 people boarded the line from five stations from 6am to 3pm. The figure excludes Promenade Station, which shares fare gates with the Circle Line.

    Netizen Katie Sai said: "Despite the teething problem, the staff at Bugis were able to direct us and there was not much trouble. My two boys were a little disappointed as this is their first ride on the Downtown Line."

    Other commuters had a smoother ride. Telemarketing agent David Arul, 50, took his son Noah, 10, to try out the line after missing the open house on Dec 7 due to a holiday.

    Noah, who filmed the train travelling down the tunnel, said: "I'm going to go back on the train and get out at every station."

    Property agent Jessie Yee, 30, hopped on the line after attending a church service at Marina Bay Sands. She said the line would save her time travelling from Bayfront to Tampines. She also gave the new priority seats the thumbs up.

    The 4.3km Downtown Line 1 comprises six stations - Chinatown, Telok Ayer, Downtown, Bayfront, Promenade and Bugis. The line will open in three stages and boasts 34 stations across 42km when completed in 2017.

    SBS Transit has deployed more than 100 extra staff, on top of the 37 regulars, who will help out at the six stations until Jan 3.

    Mr Warren Bishop, chief executive of Raffles Quay Asset Management, said the Downtown Station gives the 30,000 office workers in the area more convenient options to get to work.

    He added: "With the new MRT station right at their doorstep, our retail tenants at Marina Bay Link Mall can expect increased commuter traffic from the Downtown MRT station."