Delay on North East Line on Friday morning due to train fault at Buangkok station

Congestion in the NEL on July 29.
Congestion in the NEL on July 29. PHOTO: @SHAWTYJUNXIAN/TWITTER
The crowd at Buagkok Station during the MRT breakdown on July 29.
The crowd at Buagkok Station during the MRT breakdown on July 29.PHOTO: @EVILMADUSSA/TWITTER

SINGAPORE - A train fault at Buangkok station caused a delay on the North East Line on Friday (July 29) morning.

SBS Transit which operates the line, said in a tweet at 7.31am that commuters should expect an additional 15 minutes of travelling time.

Free bus rides were also deployed between Potong Pasir and Punggol stations.

Normal service resumed after the train fault was rectified at 8.18am, SBS said in a subsequent tweet, but added that commuters should expect delays as the stations were still crowded.

Commuters were quick to point out their frustrations on social media regarding the delay.

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In a response to the delay, SBS Transit said "Train services between Punggol and Potong Pasir Stations on the North East Line were delayed for about 50 minutes this morning due to a train fault at Buangkok Station. Service resumed at about 8.11am".

"During this period, free bus rides at designated bus stops as well as free bridging bus services were available to enable commuters to continue with their journeys. We apologise to affected commuters for the inconvenience caused", said Ms Tammy Tan, Senior Vice-President of Corporate Communications for SBS Transit.

SBS Transit is currently investigating the cause of the fault.