N-S Line hit by train fault
JUST two days after transport operator SMRT was fined $1.6 million for disruptions on its train lines, it suffered another delay yesterday morning.
This time, a train fault at Novena Station caused a 40-minute delay on the North-South line.
"An air-pressure fault on the train caused the train's braking system to be applied, immobilising the train," said SMRT on its Facebook page.
The defective train had to be pushed to the next station by a rescue train, thus delaying other trains travelling towards Marina Bay, it added.
According to commuters, the train jerked suddenly and stopped just as it was about to leave Novena Station at around 9am.
"It was a sudden jerk and some people almost fell down," said Nanyang Polytechnic student Ahmad Farihin.
The 21-year-old was stuck on the train for some 30 minutes until it "slowly" made its way to Newton Station.
Meanwhile, SMRT arranged for free bus services at the affected stations and deployed staff to give out leaflets with information on alternative transport options to various destinations.
The operator also updated its Facebook and Twitter pages to alert commuters of the extra 40 minutes of travelling time between Toa Payoh and Newton stations towards Marina Bay.
Train services resumed at about 9.55am, while free bus services remained available till about 10.45am, said SMRT.
There were also signs that commuters were becoming accustomed to breakdowns and delays.
"Personally, it's okay - everyone was late and it's something that cannot be avoided," said Mr Farihin.
Public relations executive Wendy Lee, 24, who was also stuck in the stalled train, shared similar sentiments.
"I was just stuck on the train a little longer and the staff were making an effort to solve the issue at hand," she said.
Meanwhile, 42 new trains for the Circle Line and North-East Line have arrived in Singapore, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced yesterday.
The addition will increase fleet capacity on the two lines by 60 per cent and 70 per cent, respectively, and are aimed at shortening waiting time and improving service levels for commuters, said LTA.