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    Aug 03, 2016

    3 service disruptions on N-S and E-W MRT lines

    COMMUTERS on the North-South and East-West MRT lines experienced delays on their journeys yesterday due to three separate service disruptions.

    Train services in both directions between Boon Lay and Joo Koon stations on the East-West line were down for about an hour from 8.45am to 9.40am as result of a track fault.

    At 8.58am, the rail operator tweeted that another track fault had occurred on the North-South line, affecting commuters travelling between Yishun and Woodlands.

    Service on the North-South Line resumed at 9.19am.

    Besides the morning service delays, there was a disruption at lunchtime yesterday between Ang Mo Kio and Admiralty stations.

    An SMRT tweet at 1.25pm had advised commuters to expect an additional travelling time of 15 minutes between Ang Mo Kio and Admiralty stations heading towards Jurong East, with normal services restored 22 minutes later.

    It is understood that the delay was due to rectification works for the morning incident at Admiralty.

    SMRT apologised yesterday to commuters affected by the service disruptions and said the loss of power to trackside signalling equipment had caused the interruption between Joo Koon and Boon Lay .

    "This caused two west-bound trains to be held between Pioneer and Joo Koon stations," said SMRT spokesman Patrick Nathan.

    Meanwhile, the delay on the North-South line was caused by a "track point failure" near Admiralty station, which prevented trains from moving from one track to another.

    Instead, staff on the track had to manually allow the trains to switch tracks.