MRT delay: NSL track fault means slower trains at peak hour commute

Yahoo file photo.
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Due to a track fault on the North South Line (NSL), southbound commuters were advised to add 20 minutes of train travel time from Yishun to Toa Payoh, SMRT tweeted early on Wednesday (25 October). It added that the delay is not linked to the new signalling project.

SMRT later added that trains to the city would be travelling slower between Ang Mo Kio and Bishan stations as well. It said free bus and bridging services are available.

In an update on its Facebook page at 8:22am, SMRT said NSL trains heading towards the city were travelling at a reduced speed for “safety reasons”. It wrote, “North-South Line trains towards the city have been travelling at a reduced speed from Ang Mo Kio to Bishan for safety reasons since start of service this morning.

“The speed restriction has been imposed over a 150-metre stretch of track between Ang Mo Kio and Bishan stations, in the direction of the city. Our engineers are monitoring the situation closely.”

The rail operator advised commuters to travel via Jurong East instead and take the East West Line (EWL) to the city.

At 10:13am, SMRT tweeted to say that train services had resumed. Train services were slowed for about five hours in total.

On Tuesday, a train delay on the EWL during rush hour left commuters stuck on platforms as trains stood still at some stations for up to 25 minutes.

Note: This story was updated at 10:30am to indicate that train services have resumed