Signalling checks cause rush-hour delay on NSL for second straight day

Signalling checks cause rush-hour delay on NSL for second straight day

crowds at sembawang mrt station
Crowds at Sembawang MRT station along the North-South Line. (Photo: Khairun Nnesah)

SINGAPORE: The North-South Line was on Friday (Jun 2) hit by delays of up to 30 minutes during the evening rush hour due to signalling checks, said operator SMRT. This is the second straight day of delays.

It first made an announcement on Twitter at 5.05pm, informing commuters in both directions along the entire North-South Line - from Marina South Pier to Jurong East - that signalling checks could cause delays of up to 15 minutes. 

The stretch between Yew Tee and Yishun, however, was affected by a signalling fault. SMRT told commuters that they should expect a 30-minute delay, and later advised them to take alternative transport or other train lines instead.

Free regular bus and bus bridging services were made available between Choa Chu Kang and Yishun stations.

At about 8pm, three hours after the delays were first reported, SMRT said train services were returning to normal. However, it added that passengers travelling between Yishun and Yew Tee might still see an extra 10 minutes' travel time.

crowds at jurong east station
Commuters at Jurong East station during the evening rush hour delays. 

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Crowds at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station as commuters are hit by delays due to signalling checks. (Photo: Sidney Wong)

Many commuters took to social media to express their frustration at the delays, with one Twitter user, @yienchong_chen, saying: "@SMRT_Singapore I dare not take MRT now". 

bus bridging at yew tee
Commuters waiting for bus bridging services outside Yew Tee MRT station. (Photo: Lee JF)

Source: CNA/dl