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Train fault causes 40-minute delay on North-South Line

A train fault at Novena station caused a delay on the North-South Line on Wednesday morning (July 23).

SINGAPORE: A train fault at Novena station caused a delay on the North-South Line on Wednesday morning (July 23).

In a tweet posted at about 9.10am, train operator SMRT said commuters will need an estimated 20 minutes additional travelling time from Toa Payoh to Newton station. Six minutes later, it posted another tweet advising an additional 40 minutes travelling time for commuters.

SMRT also tweeted that free bus services are available at Toa Payoh station towards Newton.

When Channel NewsAsia visited Toa Payoh station at 9.50am, train service had resumed, although there was some confusion over whether free bridging bus services were still available.

Crowds were seen spilling over to the nearby Toa Payoh bus interchange and bus stops, while the taxi stand outside MRT Exit C snaked almost all the way to the staircase heading back down to the station.

Over at Novena MRT station, passengers on board a southbound train heard the train captain talking over the intercom with a passenger, who informed him that someone had fainted on the train. The train captain replied that he would alert medical personnel, according to a commuter who identified herself as Ms Eileen.

The latest incident comes two days after the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said it intends to fine SMRT and SBS Transit a total of S$1.65 million for five separate incidents between October 2013 and May this year which led to disruptions in service.

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