SMRT tells commuters to add 40 minutes travel time for NSL on Thursday

(Photo: Yahoo News Singapore/Teng Yong Ping)

Commuters travelling on the North-South Line (NSL) on Thursday (16 November) have been advised to add 40 minutes of train travel time, rail operator SMRT said on social media.

In a tweet at 8.33pm, SMRT announced the delays were “due to fewer trains on the North-South Line”.

One-way bus bridging services between Yishun and Marina South Pier Stations, as well as regular bus services in both directions, will be available from the start of service.

Separately, SMRT also said that train services between Joo Koon and Tuas Link Stations would be suspended on Thursday. Free and regular bus and bus bridging services will be available all day, the rail operator said.

On Wednesday evening, rush hour commuters on the NSL were hit by 40-minute delays and advised to take alternative train lines.

Free one-way bridging bus services from Bishan to Yishun and free regular bus services between Bishan and Yishun in both directions were available, SMRT said in a tweet posted at 6.29pm.

(Photo: Yahoo News Singapore/Nigel Chin)

One commuter, JK Ching, said he boarded the train at Raffles Place at around 6.30pm, and by 7.13pm, it had only passed Novena Station.

The 27-year-old banker said he would normally reach Woodlands Station within an hour from Raffles Place, adding that there were frequent announcements about the shortage of trains.

Another affected commuter, 26-year-old Glen De Souza, said, “I just think it’s ridiculous.”

“They (SMRT) have been saying that they’ve been upgrading… but this has been going on for at least one, two years already,” the shipbroker told Yahoo News Singapore.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, commuters on the SMRT-run East-West and Circle Lines were hit by delays.

There was also a train collision at Joo Koon station on the East West Line that injured 28 people.

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