SINGAPORE: The rush-hour train delays that affected commuters on the North-South Line on Thursday (Jun 1) were due to signalling checks, transport operator SMRT said.
All stations on the line - from Jurong East to Marina South Pier - were affected. In a tweet at 6.47pm, SMRT told commuters to expect up to 20 minutes' additional travelling time in either direction.
Free bus services were available between Jurong East and Choa Chu Kang stations, as well as City Hall and Ang Mo Kio stations, the transport operator said.
Commuter Christopher Chai told Channel NewsAsia that a train was stuck at Novena station for at least 15 minutes.
Another commuter, Priscilla Low, told Channel NewsAsia that Bishan MRT station was extremely crowded at about 6.40pm, as she tried to reach the platform. "But the crowd dispersed and the queue was cut short after the free bus service was announced," she said.
In an update at 7.41pm, SMRT said train services were returning to normal and that free bus services were no longer available.
Commuters took to social media to express their frustration, with some saying they had waited 30 minutes for their train to move.
A netizen who left a comment on Channel NewsAsia's Facebook page said this was the second time in a week that trains had been delayed due to signalling tests.
"2 times in the same week, some more (sic) during after office hours peak period! Well done SMRT!" said Facebook user Alvin Koh.