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City-bound trains on the North-South Line are running slower due to a track fault along a 150m stretch between Ang Mo Kio and Bishan stations.

25 Oct 2017 | Local News : Singapore

A track fault has caused city-bound trains along a 150m stretch of the North-South Line between Ang Mo Kio and Bishan stations to run slower on Wednesday (25th October) morning. Train operator SMRT, in a tweet before the start of service at 5:00am, warned commuters to expect a delay of 20 minutes from Yishun to Toa Payoh stations. This was later revised to 10 minutes at 8:05am. It said the fault is not linked to the new signalling project.

Mr. Terence Ng tweeted a photo of what appeared to be a stalled train at Bishan station
In its latest update on Facebook at 8:22am, SMRT explained that trains have been travelling at reduced speeds for safety reasons since the start of service. "The speed restriction has been imposed over a 150m stretch of track between Ang Mo Kio and Bishan stations, in the direction of the city. Our engineers are monitoring the situation closely," it added. Mr. Terence Ng, who is in his 40s, tweeted a photo at 7:14am of what appeared to be a stalled train at Bishan station. SMRT personnel were spotted walking on the tracks.

"I noticed the staff walking on the track as I was on the overhead bridge opposite Block 216 Bishan Street 22," Mr. Ng told The Straits Times. He added that he saw plenty of bridging buses while walking to Bishan station. SMRT had earlier said to expect congestion during the morning peak at stations from Yishun to Ang Mo Kio due to the fault. It deployed additional staff at the stations. Bus services from Yishun to Toa Payoh have been made free, while bridging services are also available.

Commuters heading to the city have been advised to take the North-South Line towards Jurong East station and transfer to the East-West Line. SMRT's engineering teams are planning to work on the affected part of the track after the morning peak. The latest incident comes just a day after commuters experienced congestion on the East-West Line during the morning peak hour on Tuesday. Trains on the line also moved at slower speeds as it encountered a 'software fault on the legacy signalling system'.

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