LUNCHTIME commuters got some respite from the daily crush at train stations on Tuesday.
With the additional 360 trips SMRT started rolling out at weekday from noon to 2pm, they could also get to their lunch destinations in a shorter time.
The extra trips during lunch form the bulk of the 700 trips which will be added by June 21.
Bank officer Gerard Sim, 26, who was taking the train from Raffles Place to Bugis for an appointment said he was pleasantly surprised at the quick succession of trains .
'With the limited lunch hours we have, it is good to reduce the time we spend on travelling,' he said.
Sales executive Zahirah Ayang, 33, who often takes the east-bound train from City Hall for lunch appointments, agreed.
'I will get more time to spend with my friends over my one-hour lunch than waste them on waiting for a train.'
By pumping in more services, SMRT has promised to cut the waiting time between trains during the lunch period from seven minutes to 3.5 minutes.
The additional train trips have been rolled out at the most congested stations during lunchtime - between the Ang Mo Kio and Marina Bay stations on the North-South line, and the Outram Park and Aljunied stations on the East-West line.