Circle Line MRT human squeeze like exiting Workers’ Party rally

Posted on 14 October 2011

Voluminous human traffic enabled some to relive golden moments of May General Election.

In case you're confused, the picture on the left is the Bishan Circle Line boarding platform while the picture on the right shows the Workers' Party rally at Serangoon Stadium when it ended.

The Great Squeeze experienced at 8 a.m. Friday morning at the Bishan MRT Circle Line boarding platform has brought back fond memories for several Singaporeans.

One passenger, who was sardined in the crowd but refused to be named because he is a civil servant, said, “This is almost like the Workers’ Party rally when it ended! Except got no blue umbrella.”

The Workers’ Party rally was the talk of the town during the May General Election.

Traffic was known to come to a standstill every time the WP ended its rally as a voluminous surge in human bodies flooding out of rally sites made passing vehicles on the roads stop indefinitely and getting home on time for the next movie on HBO a hassle.

“The crowd was like Chingay plus Thaipusam – to the power of four. Kind of like that time Workers’ Party rally at Serangoon stadium”, said a mathematician who commutes daily to his workplace in the west by train.

The maths whiz, who also declined to be named because the government indirectly funds his research, estimated using his heightened mathematical senses that there were easily 1,500 to 2,000 commuters on the platform waiting to board and exit the train from both sides.

Another commuter who holds a green identification card and refused to be named said, “I know Singaporean like to complain this, complain that. But I see this situation, I know their complain is sometimes valid.”

He added, “Maybe things will improve after the next general election?”

Earlier this month, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said he expected the launch of the full Circle Line would ease peak hour overcrowding on trains.

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