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Train fault causes morning rush hour delay on Circle Line

Train fault causes morning rush hour delay on Circle Line

Commuters waiting at Buona Vista MRT station on Jul 29, 2021, after SMRT announced there was a train fault along Circle Line. (Photo: S Kanasan)

SINGAPORE: A train fault caused delays along the Circle Line during rush hour on Thursday morning (Jul 29).

Line operator SMRT informed commuters about the delay in a social media post at about 9am.

Its first post advised commuters to add 30 minutes of travel time between Caldecott and Kent Ridge. It said in subsequent posts that train services would be further delayed.

At 10am, it posted another update to inform commuters that train services between Caldecott and Kent Ridge had resumed.

Free regular bus services were available between Bishan and HarbourFront, it said. A train shuttle service was also available between Caldecott and Kent Ridge.

At Buona Vista station, an interchange between the Circle Line and the East-West Line, passengers were encouraged to opt to take the shuttle bus.

"Can you please take a bus to go because it's going to take a very long time. Power failure," said one staff member as commuters began to crowd in the station.

In a Facebook post at about 1pm, SMRT said a train fault occurred near Buona Vista station on the Circle Line towards HarbourFront station.

"Commuters were safely disembarked at Buona Vista and the faulty train was withdrawn to the depot for investigations," said SMRT.

The operator also made announcements in trains and stations to advise commuters to cater for longer travel times. It added that additional staff members were deployed to assist commuters.

"We are sorry to have affected your journey," said SMRT.

Source: CNA/jt

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