Slow service on North-South Line till end of Wednesday: report

Station route of the North South Line seen in a SMRT train cabin. (PHOTO: Yahoo News Singapore)

Commuters taking the North-South Line (NSL) home on Wednesday (25 October) evening take note: service on the line is expected to remain sluggish till the end of the day.

According to a Straits Times report, the slower service is due to a track fault that occurred earlier in the day, which can only be fixed after operational hours. The fault involves a rubber insulator along the tracks that melted, creating a gap between the running rails.

As a result, trains running along the NSL 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, said SMRT in a Facebook post. This resulted in an additional 20 minutes of travel time for commuters travelling from Yishun to Toa Payoh during the morning rush hour.

North-South Line update 8.22am 25 Oct 2017North-South Line trains towards the city have been travelling at a reduced…

Posted by SMRT on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

“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,” added SMRT.

On Tuesday morning, a software glitch on the East-West Line caused large crowds to build up on station platforms, with some trains remaining stationary for up to 25 minutes.

Just last week, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan and the top management of SMRT apologised for a massive disruption on the NSL in early October that occurred when a flood management system failed to function properly.