Signalling fault causes rush-hour delay on East-West Line

Signalling fault causes rush-hour delay on East-West Line

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The peak hour crowd at Bugis station on Monday (Jul 10). (Photo: Moses O'Hara/Twitter) 

SINGAPORE: Services along the East-West Line (EWL) were delayed on Monday evening (Jul 10) due to a signalling fault, according to train operator SMRT.

In a tweet at 6.46pm, SMRT urged commuters to cater for an additional 15 minutes of travel time between Queenstown and Bugis stations. 

It added that free regular bus services were available between the two stations. 

In another tweet at 6.57pm, SMRT asked commuters to expect an additional 25 minutes' travel time between the two stations.

At 8.30pm, the operator said service was "progressively being restored to normal" and free buses had been stopped between the two stations.

Commuters took to social media to complain about the delays.

One of them, Amriq Ali, told Channel NewsAsia that commuters were asked by SMRT staff to leave the train at Raffles Place at around 7.25pm due to a fault at Tanjong Pagar station.  

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Crowd at City Hall station. (Photo: Amriq Ali) 

Earlier on Monday, SMRT Trains' CEO Lee Ling Wee said the public transport operator has "no choice" but to conduct checks for the new signalling system on the North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL) throughout the day.

Source: CNA/am