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Thousands hit by delays on NEL due to 2 faults

Train journeys delayed by up to 50 minutes due to two glitches

Published on Aug 18, 2012 6:00 AM
 
A commuter at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station reacting to news of the train delays yesterday. The first fault, a power supply problem, came at just past 7am. Then, just before 3pm, when it seemed like engineers had got a handle on the power glitch, the system developed a signalling fault.  -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Tens of thousands of commuters on the North-East Line (NEL) run by SBS Transit stewed on Friday as not one, but two glitches delayed journeys on the nine-year-old train line.

Journeys were delayed by up to 50 minutes. Commuters said they were peeved because they waited longer than what they were told the delays would take.

The first fault, a power supply problem, came at just past 7am. Because of this, SBS Transit shut down a section of the tunnel between HarbourFront and Outram Park stations.

Because HarbourFront is a terminal station, doing this gave the trains only one point at which to turn around, instead of the usual two, said SBS Transit.

 
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